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Disney World Guests Aren’t Required To Wear Masks Outdoors Starting May 15

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Disney World Guests Aren’t Required To Wear Masks Outdoors Starting May 15

In some breaking news, Walt Disney World has updated its mask policy.

Starting May 15, guests visiting Disney World are no longer required to wear face coverings outdoors.

Per the official website, “Face coverings are optional in outdoor common areas at Walt Disney World Resort, but are still required upon entering and throughout all attractions, theaters and transportation.”

As you can see in the chart below, masks for guests ages 2 and older will still be required at several locations, specifically when entering and throughout all attractions, in all theaters and their entrances, for all transportation and their respective entrances, and at all indoor locations, including dining, except when actively eating or drinking while stationary.

But, beginning May 15, you now have the option to remove your face covering in outdoor common areas and also pool decks.

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On April 6, Disney World first announced a mask change in revealing guests could temporarily remove their masks when taking outdoor photos.

More recently, on May 12, Disney shared they would gradually be reducing physical distancing. The official announcement reads as follows:

“Temporary adjustments are still in place to promote physical distancing. While we will reduce physical distancing measures for Guests across many areas with a gradual, phased approach, six-feet distancing measures will continue in all dining locations, merchandise stores and in areas where Guests can temporarily remove their masks.”

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On May 5, Disney also announced it would be phasing out temperature screenings.

Per Disney World’s official website at the time of the announcement, “Following the advice of the CDC and our local health officials, we will phase out onsite temperature screenings at Walt Disney World Resort for Cast Members beginning May 8 and Guests on May 16.”

Prior to Disney World’s mask policy change, Universal Orlando also made the same announcement.

This major mask update comes on the heels of Orange County reaching Phase 2 of its new reopening phases that were first shared by Mayor Jerry Demings on April 28.

Phase 2 required 50% of county residents 16 and older to have received at least one dose of the vaccine. With this goal met means the facial covering mandate for outdoors is now lifted for all individuals.

We will keep you apprised of any further health and safety updates across Disney World.

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Allyson Koerner