This evening news broke that both Disneyland and Walt Disney World will once again be requiring face masks indoors starting this Friday, July 30 even if you are vaccinated. This news comes after the CDC announcing that they strongly recommend that all persons, vaccinated and unvaccinated, return to wearing face masks indoors in areas of high transmission due to a rise in COVID cases.
According to USA Today, “Although the majority of new infections in the U.S. are in unvaccinated people, ‘breakthrough’ infections, which generally cause milder illness, can occur in vaccinated people. The new guidance was in part prompted by data showing that the highly-transmissible delta variant could possibly be spread by vaccinated people, according to the CDC.”
All states are different, but here is where both California and Florida stand (per USA Today News):
As of July 28, California recommends all individuals wear masks indoors regardless of vaccination status. Unvaccinated individuals are required to wear a mask in all indoor public spaces. In certain indoor public spaces, including public transit and health care facilities, everyone is required to wear a mask.
On July 18, Los Angeles reinstated a county-wide mask mandate in indoor public spaces regardless of vaccination status. In response, Dr. Antony Fauci said, “If you’re looking at what’s going on locally, in the trenches, in places like LA county, the local officials have the discretion, and the CDC agrees with that ability and discretion capability.” Several counties in the Bay Area have followed suit in response to rising COVID cases.
Governor Ron DeSantis signed an executive order restricting the ability of Florida city and county governments’ to impose coronavirus emergency orders, including mask mandates. The order states that, “Florida will favor a presumption of commercial operation and individual liberty.” However, the order does not impact the policies of private businesses and the Florida Department of Education, so some spaces have maintained their restrictions.
On July 28, Mayor Daniella Levine Cava announced that Miami-Dade County will require masks be worn inside county facilities by all individuals regardless of vaccination status.
This recommendation by the CDC has affected both Disneyland (California) and Walt Disney World (Florida). This evening Disney made the update to their face mask policy via the Disney World and Disneyland website:
We are adapting our health and safety guidelines based on guidance from health and government officials, and will require Cast Members and Guests ages 2 and up, to wear face coverings in all indoor locations at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort beginning Friday, July 30, regardless of vaccination status. At Walt Disney World Resort, this includes upon entering and throughout all attractions and in enclosed transportation vehicles, including shuttles, buses, monorails and at Disney Skyliner.
Things have been rapidly returning to normal recently so this news is sure to disappoint both Walt Disney World and Disneyland fans, especially since we are right in the middle of the hot summer months. However, we can only hope this will be temporary and that things will start heading in a positive direction again soon!
We will continue to report on face mask updates as Disney makes more announcements!