Since Walt Disney World began phased reopening in Summer 2020, face coverings have been required for all guests (ages 2 and up) and Cast Members. When the COVID-19 vaccine rolled out, Disney was sure to include face coverings are still required for those who have received the vaccine. An interesting piece of news that could have an effect on Disney’s policy down the road is Orange County Mayor’s announcement that he estimates the Orange County mask mandate could be lifted by late summer.
Most of the Walt Disney Resort is located in Orange County, with the remainder in adjacent Osceola County. As reported by OrlandoSentinel: “Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings said Monday (April 19) he’s still weighing a timeline to phase out some coronavirus restrictions, but estimated that the mask mandate could be lifted by late summer.”
Recently, as of April 8, Disney announced guests are allowed to remove their masks for outdoor photos. As before, guests can still remove their mask while eating or drinking in a stationary position, or while swimming.
The only other update we’ve received from Disney regarding masks was previously shared from Disney CEO, Bob Chapek. Chapek shared we can expect to see the mask requirements at Disney to last through 2021, but hopes masks won’t be needed by 2022.
Keep up with the face covering policy and requirements via the Walt Disney World website. We’ll keep you posted as we all work to tread safely through this pandemic, vaccines, masks, and social distancing world we are all currently navigating!