Walt Disney World Resort on Wednesday announced it will phase out temperature checks. Starting with Cast members on May 8, 2021, followed by Guests starting May 16, 2021. “We will continue to follow the guidance of health and safety leaders going forward and most importantly encourage people to get vaccinated,” Disney said in a prepared statement.
Now it appears that Disney World Resort has removed mention of temperature checks at resort table service restaurants and stopped the screenings totally at some restaurants around Disney World.
Since July 11, 2020, Walt Disney World has put in place enhanced health and safety measures. With social distancing, temperature checks at each entrance, and mask requirements among other protocols. A temperature of over 100.4 degrees and Disney would let you sit in a cool-down tent for 10 minutes and check again. If it still did not fall below 100.4 you were refused entry.
On April 30 2021 Orange County Health Officer Dr. Raul Pino Tweeted “The Department of Health is not recommending temperature checks as they waste resources on something that doesn’t necessarily prevent the spread of COVID-19.”
On May 3, 2021, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has signed an executive order invalidating local emergency orders and COVID-19 restrictions. Disney quickly followed up with a reminder that masks are still required on Walt Disney Resort property.
In the statement from Disney, they advised “Before you leave home, be sure to check the temperatures of everyone in your party-including yourself-as an extra layer of precaution,”
You can read the whole statement from Disney below.
As with most changes at Disney World resort, it may take some time for these to take full effect. Some restaurants may still be doing temperature checks, others have already stopped.