Disney Cruise Line has just announced a major change to its mask and face covering mandates.
Though the COVID-19 virus is still infecting people around the globe on a daily basis, the daily number of new COVID cases is generally trending downward. In response to this and in response to growing outrage over mask mandates by many, a majority of companies and entities is relaxing their rules about when and where face coverings must be worn and where they can be removed.
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According to The Orlando Sentinel, Disney Cruise Line announced today that beginning March 11, passengers aboard any of the ships in the Disney Cruise Line fleet will be permitted to move about indoors without face coverings. The current mandate requires that passengers ages two years old and older must wear face coverings while indoors onboard ship, regardless of their individual vaccinations status.
The only exceptions at this time are when passengers are in their own cabins or when passengers are actively eating or drinking.
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Disney Cruise Line will still require passengers ages two and older to wear face coverings while they are inside the Walt Disney Theatre enjoying shows. Also, passengers ages four and under who are unable to be vaccinated will be required to wear face coverings when they are in children’s activity spaces or inside the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.
Though they won’t enforce them to do so, Disney Cruise Line will continue to encourage younger passengers to wear face coverings during their time in all other indoor locations as well.
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