Disney has updated its face covering requirements for Walt Disney World® Resort, ensuring guest safety and closing loopholes. Below are the additional guidelines, as well as the initial ones listed here.
What is new?
Though guests cannot be expected to wear a mask while eating and drinking, they can no longer eat and drink while on the move around the parks. Disney is asking that guests stop and take time to enjoy food and beverage rather than take it on the go, so that guests are not walking around for extended times simply because they have food or drink items in hand. Disney’s rules specifically ask that guests be eating or drinking when removing their masks to ensure the safety of everyone around.
Disney also updated what type of masks can be worn, saying that face coverings must be made of two layers and fully cover the nose and wrap under the chin, while fitting snugly along the sides of the face. Masks must be secured with ties or loops, as guests must be hands-free when wearing them. Neck gaiters and triangle bandanas are not allowed.
The rest of the regulations, updated from when previously reported, are as follows:
Does everyone have to wear a face mask?
All guests of ages two and above must wear a face mask, as must all cast members. Though it was previously reported that the required age would be three and above, Osceola County’s emergency order—which covers some parts of Walt Disney World Resort—has required everyone to wear a mask in public outside of those two and younger.
Disney has introduced a new role for its cast members, where those in roles that are being temporarily suspended, like children’s activities, are being tasked with helping guests understand new health and safety guidelines during the pandemic. These cast members are also tasked with helping enforcing mask-wearing, so guests cannot remove them freely after entering the parks.
Where do you have to wear masks and when can you take them off?
Masks must be worn in the theme parks, resort hotels and in almost all public spaces. There will be set relaxation areas, including restaurants that have been temporarily closed, where guests will be able to remove their masks, and face coverings will not be required while actively dining or swimming in a pool. In all other locations, including while riding attractions or hanging out in lounges and bars, masks will be required. As long as you are sitting at your dining table, you can have your mask off.
What if you do not want to wear a mask?
Guests without masks are not currently being allowed into Disney Springs, the theme parks or the resort hotels. If you or anyone in your party does not want to wear a mask or cannot wear one for medical reasons, the best decision is to rebook your trip for a later date. Disney has asked those who cannot wear a mask for medical reasons to remain home for the time being. At this time, it is not known when it will be safe for guests to return to the parks without masks.
Can you get a mask at Disney?
Masks are still in short supply in some areas, but Disney is giving away a limited supply for free to those who show up to temperature screening areas without one.
Disney masks are available in four-packs for $19.99, each of which have themes of popular characters, and are perfect for theming to outfits or special park days. They are both available on property and on shopdisney.com.