Walt Disney World theme parks currently require all cast members and guests ages 2 and up to wear masks while on Disney property. Now that the CDC has updated its mask guidelines, Disney World could end its mask mandate as early as this summer.
Disney World has made changes to its health and safety measures recently. Yesterday Disney CEO Bob Chapek spoke about some of these changes during Disney’s earnings call. Chapek mentions how Florida will be more pleasant in the summer if masks are not required. He said the CDC’s new guidance regarding vaccinated individuals not needing to wear masks is “big news” for Disney.
“In terms of the parks, and when we’re going to sort of be able to raise our capacity limits, we’ve actually already started that, given the guidance that just came today, from the CDC, and earlier guidance that we got from the governor of Florida, we’ve already started to increase our capacities, those obviously today’s guidance that we got from the CDC in terms of those that were vaccinated do not necessarily need to wear masks anymore, both outdoors and indoors. Is very big news for us, particularly if anybody’s been in Florida in the middle of the summer with a mask on. That could be quite daunting. So we think that’s going to make for an even more pleasant experience and we believe that as we’re now bringing back a lot of people back to work, that it’s going to be an even bigger catalyst for growth in attendance, and we’ve been quite pleased to date,” Chapek said.
Tomorrow, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings is expected to drop the county’s mask mandate for everyone when outdoors. Disney has been changing and phasing out some of its health and safety measures recently and now might even be willing to modify or remove the mask requirement.
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