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New Update to the Cast Member mask policy. Are Disney World guests next?

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New Update to the Cast Member mask policy. Are Disney World guests next?
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Disney World is changing its Cast Member face mask policy just in time for the holidays. See the new changes below and our best guesses for a change for Guests.

Face Mask Policy

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For many months, the mask policy at Disney World was simple: everyone must wear a mask at all times unless you are eating, drinking, swimming, or in your hotel room. Back in April, we finally saw this policy relax with Disney allowing Guests to remove their masks while taking an outdoor photo.

Along with changes to the Guest face mask policy in June, coverings also became optional for vaccinated Cast Members in all indoor and outdoor locations. It was a welcome respite from the summer heat.

Credit: Disney Cast and Community official Facebook Page

Unfortunately, the state of Florida experienced a surge in cases in late July and August, prompting Disney World to require them again in indoor areas.

The policy has remained the same for the last few months, but a new policy is about to take effect.

New Policy

Credit: Disney Cast and Community official Facebook Page

Fully vaccinated Cast Members are not required to wear masks in backstage areas. This policy begins on November 8 and Disney has implemented a vaccine mandate for its cast.

Do note this is only for backstage areas. Once they are onstage (interacting with Guests) they must wear a mask in an indoor location. They are still optional for outdoor areas.

Beginning November 8, Cast Members are not required to wear a mask backstage.

What about Guests?

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The mayor of Orange County recently let the state of emergency expire with Florida appearing to be over the worst of it. Disney has been following guidance from Mayor Demings and Orange County instead of solely what government officials and the CDC recommend.

We figured an announcement would be coming pretty soon, and the fact that Cast Members no longer have to wear masks backstage indicates Disney may be looking to drop the policy altogether.

Credit: Disney Cast and Community official Facebook Page

Time will tell what Disney decides to do, and your KtP Team will be sharing as soon as we hear something.

Are you a Cast Member? What do you think of this policy? Are you a Guest? Do you think masks will soon be optional for everyone? Join the conversation in the comments below and on Facebook.


6 COMMENTS

  1. I think it’s simple. If someone is more comfortable wearing a mask, then wear it. If others don’t – then don’t wear one. I’m asthmatic and I have a very difficult time wearing a mask for any extended period of time. Leave it up to the individuals. We’re all adults and should be able to make our own decisions.

  2. Our family was recently tested and we all have antibodies from Covid in September. Wearing a mask for an extended amount of time makes me lightheaded. I hope Disney drops the mandate by spring when our trip is planned.

  3. They should follow Florida State and CDC guidance on unvaccinated and vaccinated people wearing a mask when indoors and in close proximity to non-related people. It’s just a mask, it’s not a gag or muzzle, it is just a piece of cloth that increases the potential to prevent you from catching Covid-19.

  4. No face masks anywhere. That makes it easy. By now, everyone knows the potential risks involved and if they’re willing to take it or not.

  5. I do not like face masks, but I do not think the policy should change especially since social distancing is no longer in Disney. Besides, backstage (which is mostly a work environment) is a long way from mixing with guests.

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