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Orange County Mayor Will Reportedly Lift All Mask Requirements on Friday, Disney World Could Go Maskless

In a move that could impact the COVID-19 regulations at Walt Disney World, Orange County Officials may change their COVID-19 safety requirements as soon as Friday, June 4.

As Orange County inches closer to full normalcy, Mayor Jerry Demings has announced that he expects the county to reach Phase 3 of its reopening plan in two days. This phase requires that seventy percent of individuals 16 and older have received their first dose of the vaccine and/or that the 14 day rolling positivity rate remains at 5% or below. Currently the 14 day positivity rate has been below 5% for about 11 days, while the vaccination level has stayed at 55.07%.  But if the mayor is correct, then all of the required benchmarks should be reached by Friday and all mask mandates lifted in Orange County.

As we reported recently, Universal Studios Florida has removed most of their mask policies and physical distancing rules for vaccinated guests. Walt Disney World is still requiring that guests wear face coverings while indoors. That could certainly change as Orange County updates its requirements.

In fact, we have seen Disney respond very quickly to revised policies at the county, state and federal level. For example, several weeks ago Orange County reached the 50% vaccination level that would allow for people to go mask-less outdoors. Walt Disney World then changed their mask rules almost immediately to reflect this change.

Another indication of Walt Disney World’s willingness to update rules was today’s change in mask requirements for cast members who work outdoors. Now select Cast Members will be allowed to show their full faces along with guests in outdoor spaces.

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Enuff
Enuff
1 month ago

Anyone wearing a mask at this point is a science denier.

Anon
Anon
1 month ago
Reply to  Enuff

Or a child who cannot get vaccinated or a parent that doesn’t want to spread disease to their un-vaccinated child. There are many reason to still wear a mask, Florida-man.

Enuff
Enuff
1 month ago
Reply to  Anon

The science says that 1) masks do not work at stopping the spread and 2) that asymptomatic transmission does not happen. So, there are absolutely no reasons to still wear a mask, science denier. If you’re afraid of catching something, then stay home.

Jamie Dexter
Jamie Dexter
1 month ago
Reply to  Enuff

Unfortunately for Disney, Universal has been running circles around them lifting restrictions and have been preferred over Disney. Many summer amusement parks have opened without restrictions, making themselves also preferred over Disney.

Harley
Harley
1 month ago
Reply to  Jamie Dexter

Universal also has had many covid cases they tried to cover up while wdw kept people safe so try again or take your universal loving self off wdw page!

James
James
1 month ago
Reply to  Harley

There’s zero evidence to support your response. And maybe try not to be rude.

Jim
Jim
1 month ago

I’m pretty certain Walt would not have waited for a government official or agency, in any capacity, to tell him how to logically run his company, but Dear Lord… if the current WDW admin wants to be followers, at the very least – wake up and smell the coffee, follow this lead and stop the mask nonsense… you’ve gotten way behind in our usual leadership role, and frankly, it’s almost embarrassing at this point!

Susan
Susan
1 month ago
Reply to  Jim

Yes! Wake up Mickey! Enough is enough. While you’re at it, start running ALL boats, please!!

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

Better yet, get the Epcot monorail going!

Cindy
Cindy
1 month ago
Reply to  Jim

Walt Disney would have kept people safe too

Last edited 1 month ago by Tom Corless
Jolyth
Jolyth
1 month ago
Reply to  Cindy

Wow. Rude much? You are actually wishing someone dead? That is really pretty horrible of you. Hasn’t there been enough death?

Prince Naveen
Prince Naveen
1 month ago

It’s refreshing to see that a majority of comments are in agreement that the silly mask mandates are looooong overdue. Disney was NOT a leader in this at all, just “playing it safe” like most spineless corporations these days.

Enuff
Enuff
1 month ago
Reply to  Prince Naveen

Yep, they’re going to do whatever it takes to protect the bottom line. It’s all about the money and nothing to do with customers.

James
James
1 month ago

Oh PLEASE let this be true! The entire state has lifted and trashed masks mandates and rules. Grocery stores, restaurants, and even the Tampa Bay Lighting’s arena have stop this policy – If you want to wear a mask fine, but some of us are fed up, vaccinated, and want to make up our own mind.

Sean Mullery
Sean Mullery
1 month ago

So can young children go to the parks now with no masks on

Jolyth
Jolyth
1 month ago
Reply to  Sean Mullery

I believe the WDW site says vaccinated people can go outside in the open areas of the park without masks but still need to wear them indoors and on attractions.

Sean Mullery
Sean Mullery
1 month ago
Reply to  Jolyth

Thats grim How hell supose get 3 n 4 year old were a mask