Disney Parks has shared a list of health guidelines, measures and requirements ahead of the reopening of Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, including the specific type of face mask the park will require.

What’s going on:

  • Disney Parks released new guidelines ahead of Disney World’s reopening, which is set for Saturday, July 11, with the Magic Kingdom Park and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park.
  • Dr. Pamela Hymel, Disney Parks chief medical officer, wrote in a post for Disney Parks that Walt Disney World is committed to keeping guests safe.
  • “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.”

So what about the face masks?

  • Disney Parks revealed Wednesday that it will require specific types of face masks for its guests. Guests must wear face masks that cover the nose and mouth with loops and ties that go around the ears.
  • The masks should “cover an individual’s nose and mouth and allow the guest to remain hands-free” and “fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face.”
  • The masks should be “made of breathable material, either disposable or reusable.”
  • Disney said: “Costume masks are not considered appropriate and are prohibited from being worn, in alignment with our existing rules.”
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Orlando news outlet News 6 confirmed that “some popular face-covering types like neck gaiters, a type of face covering that does not have loops that secure the mask to the face via ear loops or straps, will not be an acceptable form of a face mask to gain entry into the park.”

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