CA Loosens Face Mask Requirement, Will Disneyland?

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The state of California is slowly reopening its economy like many other states nationwide. With new health and safety protocols to keep citizens safe, businesses are reopening their doors working on building back the economy during this still looming health pandemic.

The most common practices to keep people safe are keeping proper social distancing, frequent handwashing or use of sanitizer, and the use of face coverings.

According to the OC Register: “On Thursday, June 11, Orange County Health Care Agency Director Dr. Clayton Chau – who took over the agency about six weeks ago and is now also temporarily serving as health officer – announced the face-covering rule would be relaxed as the county prepares for additional business openings on Friday.”

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California is still dealing with high numbers of hospitalizations due to the health crisis. However, mask-wearing enforcements were met with pushback from residents who indicated that “wearing a face covering would prevent them getting enough oxygen and make them more likely to get sick, and that requiring it was an unconstitutional violation of their rights.”

Orange County Health Care Agency Director Dr. Clayton Chau stated: “This decision is not because of the public push back on it, and we are not taking the masks away. We strongly recommend that people wear masks.” However, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department had not been enforcing the order.

How will this affect Disneyland’s face mask policy they have set in place for reopening?

Disneyland just announced their plans to reopen the theme parks and resort hotels. Follow up information included all the enhanced safety measures they will be enforcing.

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With this new development, Disney could choose to make the face coverings more optional. However, at the time of this article’s publication, they have not made any official announcement indicating this update in their new health and safety protocols.

Disney CEO, Bob Chapek shared in an interview that Disney’s most important priority is the health and safety of its guests and cast members. It is unlikely Disney will be relaxing any of the newly implemented health and safety protocols prior to the theme parks reopening.

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Disney Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products Chairman Bob Chapek revealed exciting details of new experiences coming to Disney Parks during D23’s Destination D: Celebrating Mickey Mouse fan celebration in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Ty Popko)

Concerns are mounting with the possibility of a second wave of the virus because of a possible premature reopening. The CDC has listed multiple states as areas of concern for a re-emerging of the virus. However, California was not on the list.

This is a developing story. Be sure to check back with us here at Inside the Magic for the latest in Disney news.

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