As the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, and the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California prepare to reopen after several weeks, both locations have already made it clear that returning Guests will be required to wear face masks while on property.
However, it is now confirmed that would-be Disney Park Guests will get no such relief off-property either. Both California and Florida are now activating special mandates requiring everyone to wear face masks while out in public. So if you are planning a trip to either Disneyland or Disney World, here is what you need to know.
California Governor Newsom has signed an executive order requiring everyone in the entire state to wear face masks while out in public.
According to the LA Times,
Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday ordered all Californians to wear face coverings while in public or high-risk settings, including when shopping, taking public transit or seeking medical care, following growing concerns that an increase in coronavirus cases has been caused by residents failing to voluntarily take that precaution…
…The state mandate exempts children 2 years old and younger and people with a medical, mental health or developmental disability that prevents them from wearing a face covering. Restaurant customers are also exempt when eating and drinking, as are residents engaged in outdoor recreation as long as they are able to socially distance from others.
“Simply put, we are seeing too many people with faces uncovered — putting at risk the real progress we have made in fighting the disease,” said Governor Newsom. “California’s strategy to restart the economy and get people back to work will only be successful if people act safely and follow health recommendations. That means wearing a face covering, washing your hands and practicing physical distancing.”
This statewide order comes after Orange County, CA–where the Disneyland Resort is located–was starting to relax its face mask mandate, and it is unclear at this time how Orange County intends to enforce mask-wearing.
Unlike California’s mandate, the new face mask mandate found in Florida is not statewide. Rather, Disney World Guests should be aware that Orange County, and the actual City of Orlando, are now requiring the use of face coverings in public.
According to the Orlando Sentinel,
Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings said Thursday that every person in the county must wear a mask…The order will take effect on Saturday and remain in place indefinitely. People are permitted to take off the mask while eating or drinking, but must wear the mask as they enter the establishment, Demings said. Employees of businesses must wear a face covering at all times.
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said the county order will cover the city as well and urged people to wear masks even in the Florida humidity.
“We do not want to experience another shutdown in our community,” Demings said, arguing this measure was “buying time” until a vaccine or a cure to this virus was found.
Mayor Demings also added that there will be no criminal sanctions for violators of this order at this time.
What does this mean for your Disney Trip?
Well, if you do not intend to leave Disney property, both of these sanctions do not affect you much. Disneyland and Walt Disney World have already announced their own mask-wearing mandates that already cover these supplementary mandates on the local and state level.
However, if you plan to leave Disney property, and do more on your trip to California or Florida, that is where your experience will start to differ. While, again, it is still unclear how it will be enforced, California’s mandate is state-wide. So if you were to add a visit to Hollywood or the beach outside of Anaheim and Orange County, CA on your Disneyland trip, then you would also be required to wear a mask.
If you travel to Walt Disney World in Orange County, FL, and want to include a visit to Daytona Beach or go surfing in the waters of Cocoa Beach, you will not be required by the state, city, or county to wear a mask.
As we continue to monitor the number of confirmed virus cases, Florida and California’s state and local safety measures continue to be a developing story, and Inside the Magic will continue to update its readers regarding how they could impact their future Disney trips as more information comes to light.
How would you feel about wearing a face mask for the majority of your visit to Florida or California? Let us know in the comments!