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BREAKING: Disney Cruise Line makes a huge change to its mask mandates

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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Jet skiers pass the Disney Cruise Line ships Fantasy (left) and Dream on the horizon as they sit stationary off of Cocoa Beach in this view from Lori Wilson Park, Wednesday, March 24, 2021.

Credit: Joe Burbank/The Orlando Sentinel

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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About Becky Burkett

I'm an enthusiastic writer who finds joy in random things like cold weather, snow, "I Love Lucy," "The Andy Griffith Show," journals full of blank paper, countdowns to Christmas, the month of December, "Toy Story," "Sleeping Beauty," my 4 kids, my 4 shih tsus, Disney Parks history, Imagineering and visiting the parks. I think Walt Disney is the standard against which genius should be measured. I love to write about Disney Parks, Disney history, all things Imagineering and PIXAR. I adore the colors, story and art direction of Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" (Team Make it Blue!), and "Toy Story" is life (minus "Toy Story 4"). I believe Walt Disney was so much more than an entertainment and theme park tycoon; I believe he was a savant with a vision for life and how it could be if happiness and kindness are strived for. I love Biergarten at EPCOT and 1900 Park Fare at Disney's Grand Floridian. You can find me croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room, chillin' on the PeopleMover or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. I'm always looking for Imagineers in the parks, and I'd rather meet Joe Rohde and Tony Baxter than anyone in Hollywood! Hey, if you dream it, you really can do it!