Disney Updates Face Mask Policy

In order to offset the rising COVID cases and address a park loophole in safety procedures, Walt Disney World is no longer allowing theme park visitors to eat and drink while walking. Park officials felt the need to address this directly, and offered policy clarification for current and future park visitors.

As Disney progresses through its phased reopening of its theme parks, which began on July 11, the parks focused on ways to minimize the potential spread of the disease which includes new rules on social distancing, capacity, and cleaning. It is also requiring masks to be worn at all times. The previous policy allowed guests ages 2 and up to remove masks when actively eating or drinking. This created a bit of a loophole, as patrons were seen walking throughout the park with beverages and food sans masks.

The revised rules and clarification, confirmed by Disney on Saturday, now require face coverings to be worn at all times “except when actively eating drinking while stationary and physically distanced.”

Disney also requires face coverings made of at least two layers of breathable material. Approved masks must fully cover the mouth and nose, and must be secured with ties or ear loops. Visitors wearing the neck-gaiter-style face coverings will not be admitted.

The following language is taken direct from Disney World’s reopening and updated policy webpages:

Face Coverings

Face coverings are required for all Guests (ages 2 and up) and Cast Members. Please bring your own face coverings and wear them at all times, except when dining or swimming. You may remove your face covering while actively eating or drinking, but you should be stationary and maintain appropriate physical distancing.

All face coverings (whether disposable or reusable) must:

  • Be made with at least two layers of breathable material
  • Fully cover the nose and mouth and secure under the chin
  • Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • Be secured with ties or ear loops and allow the Guest to remain hands-free

At this time, based on guidance from health authorities, neck gaiters and open-chin triangle bandanas, and face coverings containing valves, mesh material or holes of any kind are not acceptable face coverings.

Costume masks are also not considered appropriate and are prohibited from being worn, in alignment with our existing rules.

The use of face coverings is not a substitute for physical distancing.

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