For those who’re going to Disney World, you’ll have to masks up.
Beginning Friday, Disney company must put on masks whereas indoors and on resort transportation, no matter vaccination standing. Face coverings are elective when exterior, and guests youthful than 2 is not going to be required to put on a masks.
The up to date pointers, introduced by the theme park Wednesday evening, are in alignment with the CDC’s newest suggestions on masks sporting following a nationwide surge in COVID-19 circumstances attributable to transmission of the delta variant. On Tuesday, the company up to date its steerage to induce totally vaccinated individuals to put on masks whereas indoors in areas of excessive COVID-19 transmission. CDC knowledge exhibits Orange County is positioned in an space of excessive transmission.
Disney’s up to date masks coverage reverses its June pointers that allowed vaccinated company to go maskless in most locations within the resort. After it re-opened in July 2020 following a COVID-19 hiatus, Walt Disney World required company to put on masks all through the resort, however Disney relaxed the mandate June 15.
Till Friday, company will function below the identical procedures: masks are elective for totally vaccinated company in most areas besides on resort transportation, together with the Skyliner, monorail and buses. Visitors who usually are not totally vaccinated are anticipated to put on face coverings whereas indoors and upon getting into sights and transportation, per Disney’s pointers. Disney doesn’t require proof of customer vaccination.
Disney’s announcement got here the identical day Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings reinstated a state of emergency attributable to excessive COVID-19 transmission.
Orange County shattered its day by day COVID-19 an infection document Tuesday, logging 1,371 new COVID-19 infections over a single day, and county wastewater samples present indications of excessive transmission.
Staff and guests at the moment are required to put on masks inside county services, and Demings urged personal companies to require staff and patrons to put on masks whereas indoors.
Citing state restrictions, Demings didn’t challenge a county-wide mandate for residents and guests. State laws that got here into impact earlier this month restricts municipal emergency orders and permits the governor, and county commissioners, to overturn them.
“I’m taking the motion that I consider is legally defensible right this moment,” Demings stated.