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Disney Makes New Updates for Wearing Masks at Restaurants

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Disney Makes New Updates for Wearing Masks at Restaurants
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Disney has updated its face mask policy for when to wear them at restaurants. You may be surprised to see when you are now required to wear them. What do you think of this change?

Face Coverings

One of the biggest health and safety precautions to come out of his pandemic has been the use of face coverings.

Disney World requires them for Guests 2 and up, and they have altered this policy a few times since the reopening to reflect a few key changes. Basically, anyone over the age of 2 must wear them at all times unless in the hotel room, swimming, or actively eating/drinking while stationary.

This has been one of the biggest adjustments for everyone to make when visiting the theme parks. You can check out all the other ways the Guest experience has been changed by the pandemic HERE.

Wearing Masks in Restaurants

Disney is now taking this one step further and outlining when it is appropriate to take your mask off in restaurants.

The Disney website states,

“Before you dine at Walt Disney Resort, please be aware that you will face coverings for each Guest age 2 and up, which must be worn in all public areas and can only be removed while actively eating or drinking. Face coverings must be worn while standing, waiting, or sitting in dining locations.”

The biggest change is the “sitting” part of that. Before, you could take your mask off as you got to your table but had to put them back on if you got up. Now, it appears that you will be required to wear them at your table if you aren’t actively eating or drinking.

I think Disney will need to clarify this as this will cause confusion among Guests. Do you have to wear your mask between taking a drink or putting food in your mouth? Do you have to keep it on until your drinks and food arrive and then you can take it off? These are all questions that I think need to be addressed. We will update you as this story develops.

The new policy makes me wonder if they will be increasing capacity at restaurants. Maybe they are wanting to relax some of the physical distancing in the parks as crowd levels increase.

This will also greatly affect character meals as these were the only way to grab a mask-less selfie with your favorite character (from a distance).

What do you think of this new mask policy update? Will it affect your plans to visit Disney World? Share your thoughts with us on Facebook. You can also join the KtP Crew and continue the discussion there.




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21 COMMENTS

  1. Disney Must have Fauci on payroll.
    “No masks, must wear masks, 2 masks are better “. Restaurants not affiliated with disney will get my support and I’ll boycott Disney restaurants until they stop this ludicrous decision of sitting at a table and wearing a mask UNTIL my water or cocktail gets to the table.

  2. This is a ridiculous policy. People are breathing out into the restaurant air when they are eating their meal just as much as when they sit waiting at their table – requiring a mask while seated for those extra 5 minutes before a customer gets water is literally absurd.

  3. We are at Disney World this week. We ate at Raglan Road our first night and were informed of the new policy. You can take your mask off and leave it off once drinks arrive, rather than once you are seated at your table. You are not expected to out it on between bites and sips. So it really is not that different than before.

  4. We were there in January. Disney’s policies and cleanliness were top-notch. We spent a week there and no infections.I do not think they need to add mask wearing while seated.
    Came home and 3 weeks later my husband got Covid at work. Keep up the good work, Disney.

  5. @Tammi…you’re Goofy…and not in a fun way.
    Thinking this is going to make any difference, regarding contracting or spreading Covid is illogical. It’s just miserable.

  6. Well if it means removing it between sips I definitely wouldn’t be dining at any of the restaurants as that is crazy. There are plenty of wonderful restaurants to dine at in Orlando and surrounding areas and living here that would definitely be a deal changer for me. As of today they are not enforcing anything different so I guess we will wait and see.

  7. We went to Disney in November, we had to wear our masks until we were seated . Then we could take them off unless we had to use the restroom. Why are they going backwards? We have a trip planned for the end of March. We have all had 2 vaccinations, except for the kids who can’t get vaccinated anyway. What’s the point of vaccines, if the rules are stricter now? I wish we knew this before we made all our plans!

  8. People! The quicker you boycott this absurdity the quicker Disney will reverse the mask order.
    Stop giving this company money. They are making it perfectly clear they don’t want it!
    It couldn’t be more obvious or in your face.

  9. Absolutely ridiculous. They should be starting to relax the mask policies at this point, not make them even stricter. Every day I question whether I want to return to the parks until they are more reasonable. More money for a whole lot of nothing.

  10. This actually makes me feel much better about my upcoming trip. I tried to mostly book restaurants that have outdoor eating, but did a couple that are indoors and I had thought about possibly cancelling them because of the indoor no mask thing.

  11. I guess the only thing that surprises me about this is it’s taken Disney this long to implent it. Where I live, it’s already been in effect for several months. For me, it’s not a problem wearing the mask until I have something to eat and drink in front of me so hopefully, based an the responses of others, it means I will have an easier time getting my dining reservations this year.

  12. Ugh. We won’t be going to Disney until the mask policy is gone. I completely understand why it’s necessary, but I have no desire to spend thousands of dollars to wear a mask practically 24/7. We will wait!

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