Disney World Further Tightens Mask Policy Weeks After Reopening

By Kurt Stolz on 7 August 2020
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Visitors Social Distancing at Walt Disney World last week

Covid Disney World is not the old Disney.  The park, which reopened in a phased manner despite Florida’s skyrocketing coronavirus cases, introduced multiple enhanced safety measures when it reopened on July 11.  These measures included hand sanitizer, temperature screenings, and social distancing, as well as a face mask requirement, which were required at all times except when eating or drinking.

Your experience “may be different from the last time you visited,” Disney said in a statement on its website.

It later updated the policy to ban walking and eating at the same time, because many visitors used that as a loophole to not wearing a mask when walking around the park.

“You may remove your face covering while actively eating or drinking, but you should be stationary and maintain appropriate physical distancing,” the updated policy reads.

Now, the park is tightening its mark requirements and banning certain types of masks.

Masks must fully cover the visitor’s nose and mouth and secure under the chin, and the mask must have at least two layers of breathable material.  They must also fit snugly – but comfortably – against the side of the visitor’s face, and be secured with ear loops or ties, meaning that the mask cannot be solely held in place by the visitor’s hands.

Masks or face coverings with valves, holes, or mesh are not acceptable, not are neck gaiters and open-chin bandanas.

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