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Orange County Mayor Estimates Mask Mandate Could Be Lifted By Late Summer

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.

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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.”

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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.

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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!

About Mike/ Jamie

We are Disney nerds. Two kids at heart who love the magic and the memories of Walt Disney World! We follow all things Disney and have great experiences with Disney Vacation Club and RunDisney events in particular. We enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways and geek out over the planning of such events. From lodging to dining to Fastpasses we have a spreadsheet for every occasion. Mike’s frivolous Disney goal is to acquire a magic band of every style while Jamie’s goal is to experience as many Disney desserts as possible. Usually there isn’t a day that passes without some discussion of the master plan of our next trip to the happiest place on earth. Most people think we’re normal – until they travel to Disney with us. We have been married for 16 years and are blessed with a daughter and a son who have already learned the importance of planning ahead! As a family we thoroughly enjoy the magic and the memories at Walt Disney World and are here to help others experience the magic as well.