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Disney Parks will ease mask mandate, social distancing by 2022, Disney CEO says

Disney CEO Bob Chapek said Disney Parks will likely ease mandates and requirements by 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic

In this March 12, 2020, file photo, visitors to Disneyland make their way in and out of the parks in Anaheim, Calif. Disneyland has revealed new ticket prices and they’re not a huge climb from before
In this March 12, 2020, file photo, visitors to Disneyland make their way in and out of the parks in Anaheim, Calif. Disney is proposing to reopen its Southern California theme parks in mid-July after a four-month closure due to the coronavirus, the company said on Wednesday, June 10, 2020. Disney Parks, Experiences and Products said in a statement that the goal is to reopen Disneyland and Disney California Adventure on July 17.
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Disney CEO Bob Chapek said this week that he expects Disney Parks to ease current mask and social distancing requirements by 2022, according to CNBC.

Chapek said that social distancing and mask requirements will be in place throughout the rest of the year at the least.

  • “Dr. Fauci said earlier today that he hopes there’s vaccines for everyone who wants them by April this year,” Chapek said. “If that happens, that is a game changer, and that could accelerate our expectations and give people the confidence that they need to come back to the parks.”
  • “Will there be some overlap until we know that we’ve hit herd immunity?” he said. “Sure we will but do we also believe that we’ll be in the same state of 6-foot social distancing and mask wearing in 2022? Absolutely not.”

Disneyland and the pandemic

Disneyland has been closed since March 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The park tried to reopen in July 2020 to celebrate its 65th anniversary. But California did not issue guidelines for theme parks in time for that event so the park had to stay closed.

Most recently, Disney California Adventure Park will reopen for a “limited-time ticketed experience” in March, which I wrote about for the Deseret News.

How Disneyland has helped

But Disneyland has helped with the vaccination effort. Chapek said Thursday that there have been 100,000 vaccine doses distributed at Disneyland since the park became a mass vaccination site, Business Insider reports.