CDC Guidelines May Have Changed But Disney’s Guidelines Remain

Prior to the May 20, 2020, reopening of Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Disney cast members demonstrate appropriate physical distancing outside the World of Disney store. New ground signage will help guests maintain physical distancing while queueing to enter the store. (Olga Thompson, photographer)

The CDC has once again updated their guidelines. As we know, Science never sleeps and these changes will continue to push forward.

In the new recommendations The CDC states that if you are fully vaccinated: “You can resume activities without wearing a mask or staying 6 feet apart, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.”

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But what does this mean for the theme parks? On the CDC website the guidance still mentions wearing masks in crowded indoor settings like buses, planes, hospitals (and other higher capacity/traffic areas). Of course, using that logic, that includes theme parks as well. We now know that Universal Orlando has already adjusted their physical distancing to 3 ft and removed temperature checks. Disney is taking a more careful approach starting at removing temperature checks starting May 16th. The company already allows for mask removal for outdoor photos.Disney has also made minor adjustments to some trash cans and signage across property as part of a “phased approach,” but those changes have not quite made across all four theme parks and resorts just yet. While Disney has plans to slowly adjust their guidelines…for now the temperature checks are the only major change coming for Disney World.

Here is the most recent dialog on the Official Disney Website as far as distancing is concerned: 

“Temporary adjustments are still in place to promote physical distancing. While we will reduce physical distancing measures for Guests across many areas with a gradual, phased approach, six-feet distancing measures will continue in all dining locations, merchandise stores and in areas where Guests can temporarily remove their masks.”

As always we will keep an eye out for anymore official word on these guidelines!

Source: CDC