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.
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.