Disney World, Disneyland Reinstate Indoor Mask Mandates No Matter Vaccination Status

In this handout photo provided by Walt Disney World Resort, guests wear masks at Walt Disney World Resort on June 12, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. All guests two years of age and older will be required to wear an appropriate face covering at all times, except when eating …
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Disney World and Disneyland are reinstating indoor mask mandates for all guests and employees regardless of vaccination status starting Friday.

The parks announced on their official websites that face coverings will be required for all guests ages 2 and up while indoors. “Face coverings remain optional for all Guests in outdoor common areas,” the company said. Visitors are already required to mask up on Disney monorails, buses, and other forms of enclosed transportation.

Guests wearing protective masks wait outside the Magic Kingdom theme park at Walt Disney World on the first day of reopening, in Orlando, Florida, on July 11, 2020. – Disney’s flagship theme park reopened its doors to the general public on Saturday, along with Animal Kingdom, as part of their phased reopening in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. New safety measures have been implemented including mandatory face masks for everyone and temperature checks for guests before they enter. (GREGG NEWTON/Gregg Newton/AFP via Getty Images)

Guests wear required face masks due to the Covid-19 pandemic while riding the Dumbo The Flying Elephant attraction at Walt Disney World Resort’s Magic Kingdom on Thursday, August 13, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

In recent weeks, Disney had relaxed its mask policy, making them optional in most park areas for fully vaccinated guests. But the company said it is reversing course based on government recommendations.

“We are adapting our health and safety guidelines based on guidance from health and government officials,” a Disney spokesperson said in an official statement sent to multiple news outlets.

Disneyland in Anaheim re-opened its doors on April 30 after being closed for more than a year. Disney World in Orlando has been open much longer, beginning its phased re-opening in July 2020.

Disney doesn’t require proof of vaccination for guests, but the company said it encourages people to “get vaccinated.”

Universal Studios in Hollywood recently mandated masks for all guests regardless of vaccination status while indoors, in line with Los Angeles County’s new requirements.

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