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Disney World announces guests must mask up indoors, on transportation starting July 30

  • July 29, 2021

its indoor mask mandate on June 15. While proof of vaccination was not required, masks were recommended for those who are not vaccinated.

Now, they’ll be mandatory for all, except outside.

“Face coverings are required for all guests (ages 2 and up) while indoors and in Disney buses, monorail and Disney Skyliner, regardless of vaccination status,” said a Wednesday update on the Disney website. “This includes upon entering and throughout all attractions.”

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All guests’ masks must:

  • Be made with at least 2 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
  • Not contain valves, mesh material or holes

Disney’s announcement comes on the heels of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest recommendation that even vaccinated Americans resume wearing masks indoors if they are in areas with high or substantial transmissibility of COVID-19. 

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Carolyn Perrine of Melbourne, Florida, has been a passholder for the past 20 years and said she has loved going to the parks “as much as possible.” She’s pleased to see the return of mask rules, and was disappointed that Disney ended pushing social distancing.

Based on CDC recommendations, she and her husband skipped masks while indoors on that trip.

After a trip to Disney Springs the weekend of July 23, in a packed crowd, she regrets now that she didn’t wear a mask on both trips.

“I regret that I allowed myself to be complacent, even if the CDC said it was OK. I knew we were going to go backwards,” she said. “We can’t get control of this virus when people refuse to vaccinate and refuse to mask. I’m glad Disney is willing to reverse course based on science.”

Disney’s move, she said, “is the right thing to do to protect our community and Disney family.

“The next step I’m hoping for is for Disney to require vaccines for cast members and guests,” she said. “If the governor continues to reject science and won’t let them, they should require COVID tests from all unvaccinated guests like the cruise lines plan to do.”

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