Great news for those of us over the pond, as Disney Stores have announced that they are set to begin reopening across England and Ireland.
A few weeks ago, a set of guidelines were released for guests shopping at the Disney Store in the US, including rules on mandatory social distancing measures, and the suspension of all in-store activities and limited-releases. All of these precautions have been put in place to help ensure the safety of both guests and cast members. Therefore, it was to be expected that similar guidelines would be in place when Disney Stores announced their reopening over in the UK. Over on the “Know Before you Go” page on the shopDisney website, the following information can be found for stores in all locations…
What is particularly noteworthy here is the requirement of face masks to be worn upon entry. At the time of writing, face coverings are only mandatory on public transport and within hospitals in the UK, with government “evidence” suggesting that “that wearing a face covering does not protect you”. As many non-essential stores began to reopen across the UK on June 15th, face coverings remain advisable but optional across most of them, with a larger focus on the proper enforcement of 2 metre (6 feet) social distancing between all people from different households.
We have noticed conflicting comments on the shopDisney social channels regarding this new rule in the Disney Store, and will have to see to what level the face covering rule is enforced upon the shop reopenings.