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Disney asked this man to change his mask at Epcot. See why he was arrested

A Florida man was arrested over the Walt Disney World face mask policy

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is seen at Walt Disney World Resort’s Hollywood Studios on Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is seen at Walt Disney World Resort’s Hollywood Studios on Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
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A Florida man caused quite a stir at Disney World last week over the theme park’s face mask policy, highlighting once again the widespread danger that can come when confronting those upset over face coverings.

What happened:

  • A Florida man visited Epcot at Walt Disney World on Aug. 14 with his wife and children, according to WKMG.
  • Security guards told the family they needed to wear different masks since theirs did not comply with the Disney standard.
  • The family left. They came back 10 minutes later. One of the children still didn’t have the right mask, WKMG reports.
  • The Florida man allegedly became angry. He cursed and said, “Call the police, they will have to shoot me to leave.”
  • Security began to call for a supervisor when the man allegedly smacked the guard, WKMG.
  • The man and his family went back to the parking lot. He was later arrested on a battery charge.

Disney’s policy

Disney does have a strict policy for its face masks. Back in July, Disney Parks released new guidelines ahead of the park’s reopening on July 11, as I wrote for Deseret.com. Specifically, 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.”

Why this matters

The Centers or Disease Control and Prevention released a new set of guidelines this week, which includes the tip to not argue with those who choose not to wear masks, as I wrote for Deseret.com.

  • The new guidelines included tips for workplace safety, especially at businesses where masks are required. Employees should not attempt to force COVID-19 policies on customers who become violent, the CDC said, according to CNN.
  • “Don’t argue with a customer if they make threats or become violent.”