Bob Chapek Thinks Mask Mandate & Social Distancing should ease up by 2022

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Last week Disney had its first-quarter financial result conference call. During the call, The Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Chapek stated he expects the mask mandate and social distancing measures to ease up by 2022.

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Chapek said the outlook for parks is “really going to be determined by the rate of vaccination of the public.” He also said, “And that could accelerate our expectations, and give people the confidence that they need to come back to the parks. Will there be overlap until we know that we have herd immunity? Sure there will. But do we believe we’ll be in the same state of 6 foot social distance and mask-wearing in 22? Absolutely not.”

Now this doesn’t mean there won’t be any COVID-19 related restrictions, but masks might not be required and physical distancing might be reduced. Chapek does expect the current rules and measures to remain in place through the rest of 2021.

Related – Vaccinated guests still need to wear a face mask at Disney World

Disney currently requires all guests age 2 and up to wear face masks while on Disney property. Physical distancing is also required and markers are placed throughout the Disney parks.

While guests have been good about following the new rules, we can’t wait for the parks to get back to normal!