Since Disney World reopened almost one year ago, there have been a number of COVID-19 protocols in place to keep both Guests and Cast Members safe and healthy. As the number of COVID cases has decreased, and the number of vaccinated Guests has increased, Disney World has been able to adjust and eliminate many of those protocols — most of them in recent months and weeks.
One of those health and safety policies that has been constantly changing recently is Disney World’s face mask policy. At first, Disney World allowed Guests to only remove their masks when they were actively eating and drinking in designated areas. Then masks were able to be removed for photographs. After that, Guests could remove them while outdoors and Cast Members who were outdoors and socially distant could remove them. As of June 8, fully vaccinated Guests are not required to wear masks at all.
Now, it seems that Disney World is one step closer to the end of its mask policy altogether. Disney World has now informed Cast Members that they no longer need to wear masks while outdoors unless they choose to. Walt Disney World Resort President Jeff Vahle shared the news — and the maskless faces of some Cast Members on Instagram.
After 15 months, and with the approval of medical authorities, vaccinated Cast at Walt Disney World now have the option to perform their roles without face coverings while outside. Jason Kirk and I checked in with a few of our folks today so we could share a grin. Great to see all the smiles again!
Disney has been quite vocal when it comes to its support of both Cast Members and Guests receiving their COVID-19 vaccine, so Disney can continue to move towards a maskless theme park. Disney teamed up with some famous Muppets and released a PSA encouraging people to “give it a shot” in May.
In March, a union representing Walt Disney World Cast Members shared that Disney World would be paying Cast Members who received their vaccination between January 2021 and September 2021. Cast Members who provided proof of their vaccination would be receiving compensation that was equivalent to four hours’ worth of work.
It is important to note that Cast Members working indoors are still required to wear masks. Disney World officials have not announced at this time when they will eliminate that policy, or if it will apply only to vaccinated Cast Members. Inside the Magic will keep readers updated as policies at Disney World continue to change.
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