It has been a long road when it comes to safety guidelines in the Walt Disney World parks. There have been many updates, the latest being that you have to keep your mask on and can only remove it when ACTIVELY eating or drinking AND are stationary.
But, as of April 8th, just two days away, guest can now show those pearly whites and take off their mask, yes just temporarily, to have those photos taken that will be memories forever.
As of today, Walt Disney World website revised their mask policy to the following:
Face coverings are required for all Guests (ages 2 and up) and Cast Members, including those who have received a COVID-19 vaccine. Please bring your own face coverings and wear them at all times, except when dining or swimming. You may temporarily remove your face covering while actively eating, drinking or taking an outdoor photo*, but you must be stationary and maintain appropriate physical distancing during this time. (*Beginning April 8)
All face coverings (whether disposable or reusable) must:
- Be made with at least 2 layers of breathable material
- Fully cover the nose and mouth and secure under the chin
- Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
- Be secured with ties or ear loops and allow the Guest to remain hands-free
At this time, based on guidance from health authorities, neck gaiters, open-chin triangle bandanas and face coverings containing valves, mesh material or holes of any kind are not acceptable face coverings.
There is more as well, the same as before, but this may be a light at the end of the pandemic tunnel. I know for me, it is super exciting as we have been waiting to take our engagement photos for a while and this is very welcome news to both of us, as I know it is for many of you as well.
Again, just to clarify, you can only remove your mask when taking a selfie (as long as you are stationary AND physically distanced), having a photo pass picture taken or having a picture taken by someone else and you are socially distanced. This is not saying to get in a big group with people, and everyone take off their masks, as that would defeat the purpose and violate this rule. As we move forward to a new normal, it is important to follow the rules as they become more relaxed, so that we are not being stepped backwards.
Are you happy about the news? Was it really a bad thing to wear a mask in photos are was it the “sign of the times” during the pandemic and marked a memory during 2020? Let me know how you feel.
Spokesmayne, Walt Disney World Resort