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Disney World bans eating and drinking while walking because it was a face mask loophole

Disney World has banned eating and drinking while walking so you have to keep your mask on

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Signs direct motorists to the various theme parks at Walt Disney World, Thursday, July 2, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Signs direct motorists to the various theme parks at Walt Disney World, Thursday, July 2, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

John Raoux, Associated Press

Disney World has decided to ban visitors from eating and drinking while walking because guests were using that time to take off their face masks.

Limitations allowed for people to take off their mask for eating and drinking. So people would walk around the park, take off their mask and take a sip of soda.

That’s gone now. Per Walt Disney World News Today and Mickey Blog, guests must now be stationary when they eat or drink.

Walt Disney World added the new rule to its policy, as well. The official policy reads: “you may remove your face covering while actively eating or drinking but you should be stationary and maintain appropriate physical distancing.”

The park has banned people from eating and drinking “to ensure masks are worn at all times” — a move similar to Las Vegas casinos, according to Deadline.

According to WDWNT, one Epcot cast member said “guests are now being asked to find a safe spot 6 feet from other guests before removing their masks to eat and drink.”

Disney Worldhas reopened parts of its parks over the last weeks amid the coronavirus pandemic, which has led to spiking COVID-19 cases in Florida. The park has added social distancing guidelines, capacity limitations and a face mask policy to help stop any spread from within the park, as I wrote about for Deseret.com.

Dr. Pamela Hymel, Disney Parks chief medical officer, wrote in a post for Disney Parks that Walt Disney World is looking to keep people safe amid the pandemic, by any means necessary.

“Together, we are a Disney family, and while COVID-19, and the risk of contracting it, is present in public places, there are many important ways that we can all help promote each other’s safety. As we implement our guidelines at our parks and resorts, we want to thank our guests and cast members for all they do to care for one another by doing their part.”