Disney Cruise Line makes a huge change to its mask mandates

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Credit: Joe Burbank/The Orlando Sentinel

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

Becky's from the Lone Star State and has been writing since she was 10 and encountered her first Disney Park when she was 11. It was love at first Main Street Electrical Parade. Joy is blank lined journals, 0.7 mm pens, and all things Walt, Woody and Buzz, PIXAR, Imagineering, Sleeping Beauty (make it blue!), Disney Parks history and EPCOT. At Disney World, you'll find her croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. If you can dream, you really can do it!