Essential Walt Disney World Cast Members Now Allowed to Wear Face Masks at Work During Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic
With the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic shutting down most events and theme parks throughout the country indefinitely, Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort have announced that they will temporarily extend closures “until further notice” out of an abundance of caution for their Cast Members and guests. However, while essential Cast Members, like security guards, animal caretakers, and more remain on property throughout the closure, they are now allowed to wear face masks while carrying out their duties.
Starting April 7, Cast Members are being told they can wear face masks to work. These new exceptions are in line with recent recommendations by the CDC to use face masks or other “cloth face coverings” to slow the spread of COVID-19. The CDC recommends wearing face masks in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. Instructions on how to make your own masks can be found on the CDC website via this link.Essential Cast Members will be provided masks (non-surgical grade) upon request or are otherwise allowed to bring their own.