Orange County Officials Advise Face Mask Requirements Could Last Through Spring 2021 or Until COVID-19 Vaccine is Available
Although controversial at first, face masks have been a mandatory requirement for all guests at Walt Disney World since the resort began its phased reopening back in June. Since the initial requirement was announced, many updates to the policy have been made as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, with tighter restrictions now in place.
Now, according to the Orlando Sentinel, Orange County officials have suggested that the use of face coverings could be in effect until Spring 2021, or until a vaccine is available. Health Officer Dr. Raul Pino has stated that the need for masks could last “until maybe the spring, or until we have a vaccine.” Since we are only in summer, that makes for potentially a long wait until guests can freely visit the parks once more.
As time passes, alongside the addition of face-mask-free “Relaxation Stations” located throughout the parks to help guests relieve the discomfort of wearing masks in the hot Florida sun, wearing face masks has become a more tolerable part of our “new normal” of day-to-day theme park entry.
Have you visited, or planned to visit, the Walt Disney World Resort since the new face mask rule was implemented? Or are you waiting for the restriction to be lifted and the parks to go “back to normal”? Let us know, we’d love to hear your thoughts.