As coronavirus spreads throughout the globe — and in light of multiple cases of the viral disease confirmed in Japan — Tokyo Disney Resort Cast Members are now permitted to wear protective masks.
Typically, Cast Members at Tokyo Disney Resort aren’t permitted to wear face masks if they are working in guest-facing roles. This is because, while face masks are part of Japanese culture, they can detract from the Disney Look and get in the way of guest and Cast Member communication. But as coronavirus continues to spread and multiple cases have been confirmed in Japan, Tokyo Disney Resort has now allowed Cast Members to wear face masks over their nose and mouth in order to help protect themselves from the virus.
This news comes from two Tweets, which state that Cast Members have been granted permission to wear the masks from January 28 until further notice:
— ぼのぼの (@bonocyan) January 27, 2020
— さっこ (@jgajtglgkwtpgjw) January 27, 2020
So far, Tokyo Disney Resort hasn’t publicly issued a statement regarding the possible effect that coronavirus may have on the resort and theme park operations. But given the fact that coronavirus is much more widespread in China than Japan, we wouldn’t be surprised if Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea continued to operate as normal. Out of all the Disney Parks around the world, only Shanghai Disneyland and Hong Kong Disneyland have stated that they have closed until further notice because of the spread of coronavirus.
Keep in mind that Disney’s number one priority across all Disney Parks and Resorts worldwide is the safety of the guests and Cast Members. So even though it may be disappointing if coronavirus affects your vacation, it is much better to be safe than sorry. Should Tokyo Disney Resort or any other Disney Park issue a statement regarding the effect coronavirus may have on the park and resort operations, we will be sure to update Inside the Magic with the details.
We hope everyone around the world continues to be aware of coronavirus and takes all possible measures to protect themselves during this time. Our thoughts are with anyone who has been affected by the disease.
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