Disney Relaxes Face Coverage Policy For Some Cast Members

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If you’ve been to Walt Disney World during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, you’ve likely experienced the various operational changes that have been implemented to ensure the safety of guests and cast members while they are visiting the resort.

While some rules are being lost under updated CDC and Florida Department of Health guidelines, some cast members are seeing their face coverage requirements relaxed.

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At Disney World, masks are mandatory unless stationary and actively eating, drinking, or taking a photo outdoors.Guests should be socially distant and stand on the ground marks in outdoor areas. attraction queues, capacity has been reduced to 35% and Disney park passes are required to enter parks. and hand sanitizer is more available than ever.

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Recently, Disney World relaxed some of its pandemic-based operations, such as temperature controls. Starting May 16, temperature projections will be phased out from Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, as well as Disney Springs and any other Disney World on the property’s location. Now, it looks like some of the cast will be able to relax their facial coverage rules slightly.

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Originally, cast members were required to wear face shields as well as their masks if their job required them to be within 6 feet of guests. From now on, some of these Cast Members will no longer need to use the face shield.

Journalist Scott Gustin noted in a series of tweets:

In addition to ending temperature projections for Cast Members, also in effect today: WDW changed a policy that will now make face shields and safety glasses * optional * (and no longer mandatory) for some Cast Members working in many outdoor roles.

The change does not apply to CMs working in food / beverage or any other location where guests are not wearing masks.

This also does not apply to roles indoors where face shields / glasses are worn or when a CM outside is within 3 feet of another CM or guest during more than 15 minutes.

Before today’s change, many CMs working outdoors were required to wear a face shield if they were unable to maintain a distance of at least 6 feet.

Members of the cast and guests of Disney World should always wear masks. These updated tips are only for face shields that are worn by some actors in addition to a face mask.

Related: Guest Arrested After Refusing To Leave Disney Springs

Recently, the CDC announced that social distancing could be reduced to 3 feet under certain circumstances, and Florida Governor DeSantis is removing all COVID-19 measures, which would allow Disney to open to full capacity (as before) without wearing a mask.

Disney is a private company, so it’s up to Disney World to make those decisions. As Disney announced that it is not changing its operations, however, things can definitely change in the future. We have seen Universal Orlando Resort move to a 3-foot social distancing rule, we’ll have to wait and see if Disney moves to 3-foot social distancing in the near future.

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Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Chapek said in February that theme park pandemic restrictions, such as capacity limitations at theme parks, will change when vaccines are more widely distributed. Additionally, the CEO has previously said he hopes other health and safety rules, such as social distancing and face masks, will be removed by 2022.

For all applicable rules and regulations regarding COVID-19 safety, take a look here.

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