Disney World said: “Face coverings are optional in outdoor common areas at Walt Disney World Resort, but are still required upon entering and throughout all attractions, theaters and transportation.”
- Per CNN, this means that “if you’re walking down Main Street, U.S.A., you don’t have to wear a mask but if you’re riding Space Mountain, you’ll still have to.”
- The park had previously required face masks in all instances except for when eating or drinking in specific areas.
Why Disney changed its face mask policy
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed its guidance about face masks last week. The CDC said that fully vaccinated people don’t need to wear a face covering indoors or outdoors, as I explained for the Deseret News.
- “If you are fully vaccinated, you are protected, and you can start doing the things that you stopped doing because of the pandemic,” CDC director Rochelle Walensky said, according to ABC News.
Disney’s response to CDC
Disney chief executive Bob Chapek said last week that the change was “very big news” for Disney World, according to the New York Post. He said the change would likely lead to an “immediate increase” in attendance.