BREAKING NEWS: Disney World Updates Facemask Policy To Stop Guests Eating and Walking
Twitter is abuzz this evening with the news that Disney World has made some crucial updates to its facemask policy a week after the first theme parks reopened after the four-month COVID-19 shutdown. As we previously reported here at MickeyBlog, mandatory facemasks must be worn by guests at the theme parks, public areas in the resorts and at Disney Springs. As per the policy the ONLY exception to this is guests eating and drinking. In this circumstance, it is okay to not wear a mask.
However, as Disney has gathered insights over the past week, it would appear that they have deemed it necessary to clarify their position when it comes the exception of not wearing masks while eating NOW saying that going forward guests cannot eat and walk. Let’s take a look at the updated policy here:
As you can see above the policy has been adjusted to read, “You may remove your face covering while actively eating or drinking but you should be stationary and maintain appropriate physical distancing.” Just to clarify this position, Disney World is asking guests to keep masks on while walking through resort areas, theme parks or Disney Springs. When it comes to food and drink you must be stopped and ARE NOT allowed to wander the parks with your masks off.
Scott Gustin took to Twitter this evening to suggest why Disney World may have made this decision:
The clarification in policy does mean that guests are no longer able to use the excuse that they are eating when not wearing a facemask for prolonged periods of time while in the parks. It also does make it easier for Disney to request guests put on their facemasks if seen moving through the park without them.
Readers should also note that for guests needing to take a break from mask wearing, there are relaxation stations located in each of the theme parks. These covered areas allow guests to stop and relax mask free while maintaining and acceptable social distance just like you would in the theme park restaurants. Relaxation Stations offer a nice alternative for those wanting some mask free time without having a meal.
We imagine that Disney World will continue to adjust and update their policies as attendance increases at the parks. This is a story that we’ll continue to follow closely here at MickeyBlog and readers are encouraged to keep checking in with us for further news and updates.
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