As Disney begins pulling back on more and more safety protocols, Disney fans are wondering when things may return to “normal” in Walt Disney World. Disney has now released an official statement on their mask policy in regards to the new guidelines and Bob Chapek’s statements today.
Health and Safety in Disney World
As part of Disney’s focus on health and safety for Cast Members and Guests, face coverings have been required in Walt Disney World since the Resort reopened in July 2020.
The CDC has released new guidelines that state fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear face masks outdoors, and only need to wear them indoors in limited circumstances.
In today’s Second Quarter 2021 Financial call, Disney CEO Bob Chapek made an interesting statement about the new CDC guidelines.
“Today’s guidance that we got from the CDC in terms of those that were vaccinated do not necessarily need to wear masks anymore, both outdoors and indoors.”
“….(this) is very big news for us, particularly if anybody’s been in Florida in the middle of summer with a mask on. That could be quite daunting.”
“So we think that’s going to make for a much more pleasant experience.”Disney CEO Bob Chapek
This leads us to wonder, will Disney be changing their mask policy soon?
Official statement from Disney
Disney has now made an official statement regarding the new CDC guidance.
Scott Gustin shared Disney’s statement on Twitter this evening.
“Today’s guidance from the CDC allowing fully vaccinated individuals to remove masks and the removal of physical distancing requirements is extremely positive news and as soon as is practical we will implement updated guidelines across our businesses.”
That’s right. As soon as is practical we will implement updated guidelines across our businesses.
So what does this mean? And when will it be practical?
It’s safe to say we will be hearing some mask related news from Disney again in the near future.
Until then, Disney is still requiring Guests and Cast Members to wear a face covering at all times, unless they are stationary and eating or drinking, swimming, or taking an outdoor photo.
Are you ready for Disney to drop the face covering mandate? Or do you think it should continue? Let us know on Kenny the Pirate’s Facebook page!
If you have been vaccinated and are protected then your good, don’t worry whether or not I’ve been vaccinated. My life my choice. Ain’t non your monkey butt business! Drop the masks!!
I agree how are they going to distinguish vaccinated people from unvaccined people. Also we are still battling variant strains and children will not be vaccinated and us as adults still can transmit even being vaccinated.
Drop thr mask… and how do you reason with a 2 year old anyway?
Bingo! I’m ready to be maskless when we visit in August!
Does the CDC really think that people who are not vaccinated will wear a mask?
It’s definitely time for them to go!!! People who want to be more cautious are certainly welcome to wear them, but it should be completely optional both indoors and out. Bring back normal!!!!
I was accosted by a mask nazi today because it was nearly covering my nose. This woman practically jumped on my back screaming at me like a howler monkey as I was walking out of Disney at closing. I lowered my mask to tell my granddaughters to
Look up to see Mickey and friends waving good bye. This is ridiculous. Been here all week and have witnessed this same crazed employee do this to others all week. This is not necessary in 100 degree heat. I had my mask on all day, I am fully vaccinated and complied all week. Please lighten up on people trying to catch their breath!!!!!
I’m curious how anyone will know who is or is not vaccinated. Either way, I hope they drop the mask policy very soon!