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Walt Disney World, the entertainment resort located in Orlando, Fla., announced that it is dropping mask mandates for fully vaccinated guests, beginning Thursday.
All guests will continue to wear face coverings on transportation inside the center, according to a statement on the resort’s website, and those guests who are not fully vaccinated will still be required to wear masks in all indoor and outdoor areas of Disney World.
Similar changes will be introduced at Disneyland in California, also on Thursday.
Whether these changes will also apply to Disney World and Disneyland employees and whether staff members will be checking vaccination status of guests upon arrival is unclear at the moment. Disney World representatives did not respond to requests for comment on Tuesday.
Universal Orlando Resort announced similar changes to its mask policy on Saturday. Face coverings are now optional for fully vaccinated guests, while guests who have not been vaccinated are encouraged to continue to wear a mask. However, Universal Studios does not require a proof of vaccination.
The new mask policies at the amusement parks come amid sweeping changes to mask mandates across the country. In California, the state health authorities on Monday joined several other states in easing some pandemic restrictions but leaving school mask requirements in place. Florida’s mask stance, however, has remained largely unchanged, with the authorities standing firm on their decision to not issue a statewide mandate.
Kirsten Noyes and Alyssa Lukpat contributed reporting.