All Guests planning to visit Walt Disney World will want to be aware of the most recent update to the Orange County Florida mask mandate. Find out what this may mean for your upcoming Florida vacation.
Reopening of Walt Disney World
Walt Disney World did an excellent job in preparing Cast Members and Guests of the reopening health and safety protocols.
Chairman Josh D’Amaro recently shared that they utilized the Park reopenings to train Cast Members with the new health and safety protocols, but Guests also have a key role to play.
The Walt Disney Company purposefully used many different venues to update Guests on the new health and safety guidelines. The Disney Company has increased their communication to communicate, “more effectively and transparently.”
One of the most debated health and safety protocols, was that of mandatory face coverings. Face coverings are required for all Guests and Cast Members while at Disney Springs, Disney Parks, and even Disney Resorts.
Orange County Face Mask Requirements
In June, Orange County, Florida announced that face masks will be mandatory in all public places. This will apply to Orange County and the city of Orlando.
Mayor Demings issued and signed this Executive Order to go into effect Saturday, June 20, 2020 at 12:01 am until further notice.
Orange County Face Mask Ruling
Today, we viewed a tweet from the mayor of Orange County concerning a ruling against the face mask mandate.
Orange County Circuit Court Judge, Lisa Munyon “rejected a challenge to the constitutionally of our Orange County Executive Order requiring residents to wear face masks in public. The Ruling means the mask mandate is legal.”
Orange County Mayor, Jerry Demmings, shared, “Masks help slow the spread of the virus and save lives…and these types of lawsuits waste valuable time and resources for local governments. The safety, health and welfare of all residents continue to be our priority.”
Mayor Demings concludes with, “I’m pleased with the court’s decision and our low positivity rates today.”
“I’m pleased with the court’s decision and our low positivity rates today.”Mayor Demings
Even with the reopening of Theme Parks, Florida has continued to see a decline in COVID-19 cases for the past several weeks.
Last week we shared that the Florida Governor hosted a roundtable for Theme Parks in light of the low COVID-19 cases. Read more about this HERE.
This continued face mask mandate will continue to apply to all of Orange County. This ruling only further validates the Disney Parks requirement for face masks.
Guests planning to visit Orange County and the Walt Disney Parks will need to plan accordingly and bring proper face masks. Check out our review of wearing face masks in the Disney Parks.
Face masks will continue to be required for all of Orange County Florida and for Guests of Disney Parks, Disney Springs, and Disney Resorts.
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