Mayor Demings of Orange County, Florida spoke at a press conference today and discussed when the mask mandate may be lifted and a specific month of when that may occur. How will this affect Disney World visitors? Will Disney still require masks? I’ve got some thoughts on this below.
The mayor of Orange County, Florida is speaking out about masks and when the mandate may be lifted. Jerry Demings was asked today in a COVID update briefing about when he thinks the mask mandate will end.
He answered, “Closer to 50% of total population having been vaccinated and depending on how soon we get the shots in the arms of people we will make that determination. By the time we get to June, perhaps we should be there at that point. And it’s contingent upon the spread of the virus in our community.”
You can watch the full conference HERE. Mayor Demings discusses the mask mandate at around the 26 minute mark.
Florida Mask Requirements
As it stands right now, the state of Florida does not have a mask mandate. Private businesses and local governing bodies are currently making those decisions about whether or not residents and guests of those businesses should wear face coverings.
Governor Ron DeSantis even went so far as to ban vaccine passports. He kept his promise and signed an executive order after announcing last week he planned to ban them.
Will masks still be required at Disney?
Will Disney still require Guests to wear masks even when there is no state or local mandate? I really do think so. Back in June of last year, Mayor Demings signed the executive order requiring face coverings. This came one month after Disney Springs reopened (with a mask policy) and after Disney announced reopening plans for the parks and resorts (again, with a mask policy).
Disney World is a private business, and I do believe they will continue to require Guests to wear masks. Chapek has even said before we will likely see them through the end of 2021.
With that said, I do think with the number of people receiving the vaccine, we will begin to see some relaxed guidelines and increased entertainment offerings. Only time will tell when these begin to take place, but we are hopeful most things will resume by the start of the 50th anniversary in October.
Do you think the mask mandate will be lifted this summer? Are you hopeful Disney will stop requiring masks? Let us know on Facebook or in the comments below.
I think masks need to be gone permanently….there is zero proof they work and plenty of proof they don’t. There is a recent government study that was just published backing this up. I truly hope they are gone this summer. If you want to wear them go for it…it never should have been mandated. They are doing more harm than good.
I totally agree! We can’t keep going on the way we are. The news media and the CDC are trying to scare people half to death!
I think it is more depressing seeing people die from not wearing them. Nothing is 100%. None of us like wearing them. But , we must be as careful as possible.
And suppose they lift the mask law and someone gets it. Then they sue Disney for not taking proper precautions. You must think of everything and everyone.
These vaccines are not 100 %. In a place like Disney where there too many people allowed to begin with. I think they should where masks. You don’t know who has been vaccinated or not. Wearing a mask is still good idea. Better to be safe then sorry. I would rather wear a mask then be stuck on a ventilator or in a casket.
I think the problem with allowing people with vaccines not to wear masks, how would the poor cast members trying to enforce masks for those not vaccinated, have a clue who should and should not have a mask on? I am fully vaccinated, but my daughter is too young to be vaccinated. I would have felt uncomfortable for my daughter’s health and safety when I was at WDW last week having everybody unmasked and not knowing if they were vaccinated or not. As it was, there were some people that were really bad about keeping their masks on properly and maintaining their distance. These people made my daughter very uncomfortable. We avoided these people as much as possible and more people were good about following the rules than not. I know it was our decision to go there, but we went BECAUSE we felt comfortable with the measures that WDW has in place currently.
Hope by summer masks only indoors. But I would not be surprised if Disney keeps them much longer than necessary.
The vaccines are out and more and more people are are getting them. I think it should be an optional decision to wear them while at the park, not a mandate. We need normal!
Hopefully Universal lifts mandate as soon as allowed by the county. Disney can choose continue masks, but many will likely choose Universal this summer.
If the vaccines work like they are supposed to, the mask mandate should be lifted. Life has to get back to normal and Disney needs to get back to normal. The masks are not normal! It is very depressing, in my opinion, to see people walking around with masks on and disturbing to see their Disney pictures with masks on!
I think no masks while outside ok, mask while standing in lines +15 minutes (so pretty much all lines) masks in any indoor environment.