Walt Disney World is changing, adapting, and modifying as needed since their phased reopening began last week. As we visited the parks, one obvious loop hole was that when guests had a drink or snack item in their hand, they were not asked to continue wearing their face covering. Now, it seems Disney has caught on and has changed their policy.
As shared on the Walt Disney World website under “Face Coverings”:
Face coverings are required for all Guests (ages 2 and up) and Cast Members. Please bring your own face coverings and wear them at all times, except when dining or swimming. You may remove your face covering while actively eating or drinking, but you should be stationary and maintain appropriate physical distancing.
All face coverings (whether disposable or reusable) must:
- Be made with at least two layers of breathable material
- Fully cover the nose and mouth and secure under the chin
- Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
- Be secured with ties or ear loops and allow the Guest to remain hands-free
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- At this time, based on guidance from health authorities, neck gaiters and open-chin triangle bandanas are not acceptable face coverings.
- Costume masks are also not considered appropriate and are prohibited from being worn, in alignment with our existing rules.
- The use of face coverings is not a substitute for physical distancing.
How does this new policy update from Disney change things? While this will alter the snacking and drinking at all Disney parks and Disney Springs, we expect it will greatly change the flow of EPCOT for guests. With the early launch of “Taste of Epcot International Food & Wine”, we’ve seen many guests walking around the World Showcase with their mask pulled down because they were holding a drink in their hand. You’ll now need to find a place to remain stationary for the duration of eating and/or drinking.
Source: Walt Disney World website