It’s no secret how 2020 has been a year full of surprises. The COVID-19 pandemic forced the temporary closure of theme parks, which changed travel plans for many people. Of course, the Orlando area had to implement new health and safety guidelines to help the public. Adopting a mandatory face mask policy is one new change for Central Florida this year. Even though it’s temporary, the mandatory face mask policy might be in effect for a while according to health experts.
Amid a fifth straight week of downward-trending COVID-19 positivity rates in Orange County, officials say locals should be prepared to wear masks and adhere to other restrictions at least until the new year — or even longer.
Dr. Raul Pino is a health officer for the Florida Department of Health in Orange County. He strongly believes the Central Florida mask mandate will last until 2021. According to him, it could go until Spring 2021 or until we have a vaccine.
Furthermore, Pino said he believes compliance with the mask mandate has “slowly but surely” brought the county’s positivity rate down. So wearing the face masks is helping to slow the spread of the virus.
If you’re planning on going to Disney World in the near future, then expect the face mask policy to last for a while longer.
Source: Orlando Sentinel