As social distancing lessened and crowds grew, the thing we feared most has now come to fruition. Beginning Friday, July 30, 2021, all guests 2 years old and above will be required to wear a face covering when indoors and on attractions at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando and Disneyland and Disney California Adventure in California, following the latest recommendations from the CDC.
Therefore, you will need to order another box of masks or throw those Disney themed one in the wash because of of July 30th, both Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida and Disneyland in California will require face coverings when you are indoors or on the attractions.
The company announced that guests ages two and older will have to wear face coverings for all indoor attractions and on Disney transportation at both parks. Face masks will remain optional outdoors.
“Face coverings are required for all guests (ages 2 and up) while indoors and in Disney buses, monorail and Disney Skyliner, regardless of vaccination status,” said a Wednesday update on the Disney website. “This includes upon entering and throughout all attractions.”
The Walt Disney Company – parent company to Disney World and Disneyland – also announced Friday that it would require all salaried and non-union hourly U.S. employees to be fully vaccinated. Employees already working on-site will have 60 days to get vaccinated, and new hires will need to be fully vaccinated before they begin working.
Talks are ongoing between Disney and unions about requiring employees under collective bargaining agreements to be vaccinated as well.
“At The Walt Disney Company, the safety and well-being of our employees during the pandemic has been and continues to be a top priority,” the statement reads. “Vaccines are the best tool we all have to help control this global pandemic and protect our employees.”
The theme parks had lifted their indoor mask mandates on June 15. While proof of vaccination was not required, masks were recommended for those who are not vaccinated.
Now, they’ll be mandatory for all, except outside.
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