Walt Disney World Officially Updates Face Mask Policy to Exclude Gaiters and Bandanas

Ahead of the Walt Disney World parks reopening to the public, the resort has begun to enforce its rule that guests wear traditional face masks.

Previously, neck gaiters, though not “secured with ties or ear loops” as the guidelines state, had been tolerated. Now, Face Covering guidelines have been officially updated to reflect that neck gaiters and open-chin triangle bandanas are not acceptable face coverings.

Disney-branded face masks (with ear loops) are now being sold across property at Disney Springs, reopened DVC resorts, and at Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom for Cast Member previews.

Many readers have asked us about the use of neck gaiters with ear loops, but according to the guidelines, all face coverings must fit securely under the chin and fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face. Guests earlier this week during Annual Passholder and Cast Member reopening previews were informed that gaiters were not allowed, and encouraged to swap for traditional face masks for entry to the parks.

As we approach the official theme park reopenings, we will continue to monitor the status of face mask requirements and guidelines.

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drew
drew
24 days ago

Lol “at this time” is Disney speak for we need to make some to sell then they will be ok. This statement is from 3 days ago on neck gaiters:   “The face covering that best contains respiratory droplets like those from COVID-19 is a neck-gaiter-style mask combining a nose piece with an elastic cord wearers can toggle to snug the mask to their face, according to a UW-Madison engineer.”   Be interested to see the report from these health authorities as to why neck gaiters can’t be used at Disney but they can be used at Universal. Also they… Read more »

Steve
Steve
18 days ago
Reply to  drew

It does!
 
No common sense whatsoever.

Matthew
Matthew
24 days ago

Is there any medical, scientific or social reasoning behind this? I’m using a gaiter as my main mask because I find it to conver more of my face, sit more securely and be more comfortable. If it’s not actually protecting me or others I’d like to know that.

Susannejozefiak
24 days ago

Now what is wrong with this picture. If you are not going to wear a mask the right way what good doe it do

Chrizzy Bynne
Chrizzy Bynne
24 days ago

So the one mask I can wear …I can’t wear to Disney… everywhere else is fine with it..but not Disney..figures..

Miyuki Shouse
Miyuki Shouse
24 days ago

I see so many people wearing masks incorrectly under their nose. That should be addressed as well as what kind of face masks are allowed. On top of it, how to wash hand correctly needs to be addressed. Is it 20 seconds rubbing with soap? Or 20 seconds included rinsing as well? You don’t touch handle with clean hand after hand washing etc.

Me too
Me too
23 days ago
Reply to  Miyuki Shouse

Hopefully the paper towel dispenser is hands free.Use it to turn the water on and off and dispense soap, if that’s not HF. If it’s waterless soap, then rub away until you build up a good lather, keep it up for 30 seconds! Then rinse with the water as hot as you can stand it.

Cromer Jenkins
Cromer Jenkins
23 days ago

I bet what they’re really concerned about is their facial recognition software being useful now that everyone’s face is covered. If they’re really concerned about health they should make sure face coverings really are covering faces. I see a lot of folks with noses out, or with the mask hanging around their neck.
 

Last edited 23 days ago by Cromer Jenkins
Rob T
23 days ago

The virus particles are 1000 times smaller than the pores in the mask. The food in the restaurants might be loaded with virus and I can attest that more than half of men walk out if public restrooms without washing their hands for one second. If you want to stay safe you should stay home.

Disneygurl
Disneygurl
23 days ago

Masks stink and they should be Illigeal you could die from them more quickly than from Covid… Get a brain disney

Lee
Lee
23 days ago
Reply to  Disneygurl

What is a “brain disney” and where might I get one?

Flmom235689
Flmom235689
20 days ago
Reply to  Disneygurl

If your mask stinks, wash it. Go to the dentist and get your teeth fixed if you have bad breath.

Raymond Mickal Hellman
Raymond Mickal Hellman
23 days ago

So stupid, bandanas and gaithers are just as effective or ineffective! Whichever way you look at it!

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