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UPDATE: CEO Bob Chapek Specifically Hints at Summer for Changes to Walt Disney World Mask Policy

Earlier today, in the Q2 earnings call for The Walt Disney Company, CEO Bob Chapek hinted at an impending reduction or elimination of the current face mask requirements. Today’s announcement by the CDC that fully vaccinated people can be maskless outdoors and in non-crowded indoor locations was “very big news for us,” Chapek said.

This evening, Chapek specifically hinted at a change occurring this summer. “There will be a lot more comfortable people this summer in Orlando,” he told CNBC in a televised interview.

This statement doesn’t give an exact timeframe for the reduction or removal of the mask policy, but with summer approaching rapidly, we can expect to hear more from Disney soon. The current policy requires face coverings for all guests age 2 and up regardless of vaccination status. Guests may remove face coverings only when actively eating, drinking, swimming, or taking an outdoor photo as long as appropriate physical distancing is maintained.

Walt Disney World has already begun to alter their COVID-19 policies. Temperature checks will be removed by May 16th and physical distancing measures will be reduced or removed in select locations in the upcoming weeks.

Follow WDWNT for more updates on Walt Disney World’s mask policy.

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Frank Wierenga
Frank Wierenga
2 months ago

Well that is good news. Lets hope there is actual follow through.

Anon
Anon
2 months ago

Thank you, science! Get your shots people, so we can keep this progress going. Otherwise, immunity will wear off and we’ll be right back here in a year.

Prince Naveen
Prince Naveen
2 months ago
Reply to  Anon

COVID will never go away, just like flu. With a 98-99% survival rate, it will become part of the annual viral season. With that said, simply take care of your own health and mind your own mask, if that is your thing. Time for society to move on.

Thomas Meagher
Thomas Meagher
2 months ago

This is the news I’ve been waiting for…..normalcy here we come

Susan
Susan
2 months ago

Would love to see then immediately start NO masks needed when walking around, only needed when in lines for rides or food.