Disney Mask Case Is Back In Florida Appeals Court
A disability-discrimination case is back in a Florida appeals court today. The case stems from a complaint filed by a man who said that Walt Disney World did not provide proper mask-policy exemptions during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you’ll remember, during the COVID-19 outbreak, Disney World did require all theme park guests to war masks and practice social distancing.
According to a piece in the Orlando Sentinel, the complaint was filed by Aaron Abadi, filed the complaint at the Florida Commission on Human Relations under a state civil-rights law. Abadi argues that that his disability prevented him from wearing a mask. The complaint was originally dismissed by the commission under the ground that Abadi did not outline how he had been denied services because he didn’t visit Disney as a result of their mask policy. However, the appeals court determined that a visit wasn’t required in going forward with the case.
As mentioned in the Sentinel piece, Abadi’s complain is that he visited Walt Disney World every year before the pandemic and had planned a Fall 2021 visit with his family. At this time he queried whether he could be given a mask exemption during his visit and this was denied. This decision meant that Abadi could not go through with his vacation plans
The ruling will now be sent back to the commission for reconsideration. It is unclear at this time what Abadi’s disability is.
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Source: Orlando Sentinel