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UPDATE: Walt Disney World is Not Currently Enforcing New Restaurant Face Mask Policy

We reported last week that a brand new face mask policy was in place at Walt Disney World. The policy states that guests over 2 years of age must be wearing a face covering while “standing, waiting or sitting in dining locations” and at all times unless they are “actively eating or drinking”. This rule differed from before, where guests typically could remove their masks as soon as they were seated at their table. Now, the rule is written so that guests must remain wearing a mask until after their food has been ordered and at least until their drinks have arrived.

This new policy can still be found on the My Disney Experience app, however it does not seem to be enforced across the Walt Disney World Resort. A multitude of guests (including ourselves) have reported that the policy is not being enforced at many locations, and that many still remove their masks immediately once seated at the table, as well as linger after their meal is finished without replacing their mask. A lack of new signage at restaurants across the resort would further indicate that this policy may not be heavily enforced, or even stay in place at all.

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We don’t know whether this new policy will stick around, or if it’s just being ignored. Perhaps it it simply there for legal reasons, or maybe enforcement just hasn’t started yet.

Stay tuned here at WDWNT for more updates.

What do you think of the new face mask policy? Let us know in the comments below.

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Ron
Ron
1 month ago

Good!

Lance
Lance
1 month ago
Reply to  Ron

Ditto—good!

Impressions de Frank
Impressions de Frank
1 month ago
Reply to  Ron

‘Murica!

Sam
Sam
1 month ago
Reply to  Ron

?

E. Marie
E. Marie
1 month ago
Reply to  Ron

Agree!

Crista
Crista
1 month ago

It was ridiculous anyway

Matt
Matt
1 month ago

At San Angel Inn last night (February 28), we were asked to keep our masks on until our drinks arrived.

Prince Naveen
Prince Naveen
1 month ago

I applaud CMs for not enforcing yet another ridiculous mask “rule” that not only takes away from the Guest experience but treats people like sheep. Why on earth would you require people to mask up when already stationary at tables 6+ feet apart??? And don’t say because of “science” because that doesn’t fly anymore – Fauci and the CDC have proven they cannot be trusted.

jim
jim
1 month ago
Reply to  Prince Naveen

It’s an aerosolized virus. Eating inside is a risk if exposure lasts long enough to get viral load to come down with COVID-19

dave
dave
29 days ago
Reply to  jim

my body my choice

Mike
Mike
1 month ago

I think it’s just there to try and get the California legislature to let them reopen. It doesn’t even sound like something that would be enforceable anyway.

Chris
Chris
1 month ago

It makes very little sense, to me at least, for them to go much more extreme with mask rules right now. We’re about to reach a point within a matter of months that they will be able to slowly roll back the policies as more and more people get vaccinated. If things have really gone smoothly to this point, I don’t see the reason in making trouble when it’s been fine. People do need to be careful and mindful, some are not, but as an enforcer of rules, you have to know when to pick your battles. To expand on… Read more »

Suzanne
Suzanne
1 month ago

I think it’s ridiculous that you would have to sit there and wear a mask once you are seated at your table and away from others! I can see possibly putting it on while server is next to you but not while waiting for your food!

Richard
Richard
1 month ago

Good! Disney is starting to fall a part anyway. I’m not wasting thousands of dollars to have half the access to entitled vacation incentives and a ridiculous dining experience.

K.C. Cooper
K.C. Cooper
1 month ago

It’s likely being briefly trialed in some locations to assess the feasibility of such a policy in advance of Disney Cruise Line resuming operations.
DCL would have to have such a policy and could face penalties for noncompliance, as federal mandates state “the mask must be worn between bites and sips.”

Alice
Alice
1 month ago
Reply to  K.C. Cooper

Oh I hope not! That would be horrible to be “Californianized” with their eat sip mask on the cruise ships for Thanksgiving! Can’t wait to be cruising again, miss the aquaduck!

jack
jack
1 month ago

Are you getting paid on the side to “rat” out the restaurants which do not “force feed” this policy

Louisa G
Louisa G
1 month ago

Just plain stupid. Maybe just put it back on when your server is near.

Kevin
Kevin
1 month ago

Because Roma knows when your food is at the table…..?

Campbell Scot
Campbell Scot
1 month ago
Reply to  Kevin

I mean…yeah. It knows when you are eating in an restaurant vs gathering in an indoor space when no chewing is involved. It knows which party one is affiliated with and does not get passed during approved political gatherings in which masks are not worn. I’m fairly certain my eyes are going to pop out of my head if they roll any harder. The continued stupidity of this mask BS is starting to get difficult to abide. A group sitting six feet from another group is a group sitting six feet from another group regardless of cloth masks being pulled… Read more »

Jep
Jep
1 month ago
Reply to  Campbell Scot

I’ll be vacationing in Texas this year. They have no restrictions on anything and more importantly, no mask mandates.

Kay
Kay
1 month ago

Just ate in Epcot today and the new standard was definitely being enforced.

Tom Corless
Admin
1 month ago
Reply to  Kay

Where were you dining?

Alice
Alice
1 month ago

We go out to eat every Sunday morning here in Colorado, we’ve had no problems with sitting down, removing mask ordering food, wait for food, eat food, chill a bit, pay and (leave with used mask back on), but I’ll be damned if I’m told to keep it on, while maintaining 6 feet from other customers in the restaurant, being from “California” to being “Californianized” in Florida. Odd that one person replied about San Angel Inn, ugh that is our Taco Tuesday night in 2 weeks! 😪 If I remember this post, I’ll post who was enforcing for St. Patrick’s… Read more »

BenGee
BenGee
1 month ago

The numbers are going down without this ridiculous policy. You are sitting with your loved ones with whom you are sharing a room,so why must you wear the mask at the table?

Joyce
Joyce
1 month ago

Silly policy especially when NYS doesn’t even have such a restriction. I’m glad that it isn’t being enforced.

Joanne
Joanne
1 month ago

Number 1 rule if you want a good tip, don’t make your customers angry. Cast members are smart folks. Even they know this rule is ridiculous.

Jen
Jen
1 month ago

Why not just follow the rules rather than try to skirt them? Keeping your mask on for a few more minutes before you’re given your drinks or food shouldn’t be an inconvenience. If it is, stay home.

Boots
Boots
1 month ago
Reply to  Jen

The masks are dumb…and believe you me there are LOTS of people staying away. Our huge family will not go back.

Susan Easterday
Susan Easterday
1 month ago

Good for them! The cast members know this is a ridiculous request and will further upset the guests. We had planned to stop by on our way to Club Med in Florida and won’t do it now. I don’t understand this move at the point when the cases are going down and millions of people are getting the vaccine every week. It almost seems political at this point. We all know their liberal bias, but it shows brighter every day as it seems they pander to the government (and maybe the unions) instead of being moderate in their approach. We… Read more »

David
David
1 month ago

Well considering it’s not based on any science. It’s dumb idea.