Over the course of the last year, our pandemic-era world has become accustomed to the rules and regulations regarding social distancing and mandatory face masks in public places. Travelers who are planning to visit Walt Disney World are always searching for which guidelines are still enforced and which CDC guidelines have been changed before booking their flights to Florida. Today, the U.S. Centers For Disease Control (CDC) released updated face mask guidelines for vaccinated people. Orlando International Airport (MCO) has responded to this new guidance.
New CDC mask guidelines
Per the new guidelines, fully vaccinated people can now stop wearing masks in most locations, excluding buses, planes, trains, prisons, hospitals, nursing homes, and other locations where there are mask mandates. The official CDC website reads:
If you are fully vaccinated, you can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic.
Fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis also recently lifted all restrictions throughout the state and, beginning July 1, he has decided to end face masks and social distancing guidelines throughout Florida. But, that doesn’t mean Orlando International Airport agrees.
Please remember that this new CDC guideline, for those that are fully vaccinated, still calls for wearing masks in federal facilities, including airports and public transport. Face masks are still required in our facilities.
Please remember that this new CDC guideline, for those that are fully vaccinated, still calls for wearing masks in federal facilities, including airports and public transport. Face masks are still required in our facilities. https://t.co/amDcCu1MLT
— Orlando International Airport (@MCO) May 13, 2021
What about theme parks?
At this time, although Walt Disney World Resort could operate at full capacity and without COVID-19 restrictions in the State of Florida, Disney has only opted to lift face mask restrictions for outdoor, socially distanced photos.
Today, Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Chapek did confirm that capacity increases have begun at Disney World’s theme parks, but he did not confirm the exact percentage.
The biggest question that still remains is whether or not Walt Disney World will relax the mask requirement overall for vaccinated individuals. The Disney World website currently states:
We are aware of the state of Florida’s plans to modify COVID-19 guidelines. We will evaluate this latest guidance and maintain our current health and safety measures at this time, including face covering requirements. We will continue to make thoughtful adjustments to our policy. As COVID-19 vaccines become available, we encourage people to get vaccinated.
With that being said, and as times are changing, it seems that the recommendations from the CDC are a positive change moving forward as COVID-19 cases decrease nationwide.
Keep in touch with Inside the Magic for all updates on CDC guidelines, as we will bring more updates on theme park regulations and what you can expect when traveling to Walt Disney World this year.
How do you feel about traveling to Orlando now that rules have been relaxed? Do you agree with the Orlando Airport rule? Let us know in the comments below!