Disney tells visitors to mask up, regardless of vaccination status

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By , KNX 1070 Newsradio

Disneyland in California and Walt Disney World in Florida are reinstating indoor mask mandates for all theme park visitors and staff as a surge in COVID-19 cases continues across the country.

Beginning Friday, July 30, face coverings are required for all guests (ages 2 and up) while indoors and on all Disney transportation, including buses and the monorail.

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The reinstated mask mandate applies to guests and staff, regardless if they are vaccinated or not.

The company says face coverings remain optional for all guests in outdoor common areas.

Disney previously dropped mask mandates for vaccinated visitors in California and Florida on June 15 as COVID-19 cases were declining. The parks operate on the honor system and do not require proof of vaccination.

With cases skyrocketing across the U.S. due to the highly contagious Delta variant, masking up indoors will once again be required at both parks. Disney says it will continue to adapt health and safety guidelines at the parks based on guidance from health and government officials.

The policy change comes after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new recommendation that fully vaccinated people begin wearing masks again indoors in locations with high COVID-19 transmission rates. Hot spots include states like California and Florida.

Disney recommends that all guests be fully vaccinated before visiting either park.

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