Walt Disney World and Downtown Disney will now ban a specific type of mask, hoping that it will lead to increased safety among guests who visit the parks and U.S. locations.
Per Disney, the parks will no longer allow face coverings or masks with valves or holes
Here’s how it reads on Disney’s website:
“At this time, based on guidance from health authorities, neck gaiters, open-chin triangle bandanas and face coverings containing valves, mesh material or holes of any kind are not acceptable face coverings.”
The face masks must include two layers of material, cover your nose and mouth, and be tied by loops over the ears — that way you don’t need to use your hands to keep it on your face.
Costume masks can’t be used, either.
“The use of face coverings is not a substitute for physical distancing,” Disney said.
Experts said masks with valves can filter the air you breathe. But the air you breathe out doesn’t get filtered, which immediately puts people around you at risk.
“While standard N95 respirators masks, when worn properly, can significantly reduce exposure to airborne particles, those with built-in exhalation valves only filter the air you breathe in and not the air you exhale out, which puts others at risk,” one report said.