Florida Mayor Declares State of Emergency, Urges Face Mask Compliance

in Walt Disney World

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Today, Orange County, Florida Mayor Jerry Demings declared a local State of Emergency for the county.

The Central Florida County has seen a huge uptick in COVID-19 cases recently, and they are continuing to increase. Demings pleaded with residents of Orange County, FL, to get their COVID-19 vaccine, which is free to all residents over the age of 12, and to wear face coverings indoors beginning immediately. Children under 12 cannot be vaccinated at this time.

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Demings also urged companies to enforce indoor face mask policies for all people, regardless of their vaccination status, although the State of Emergency does not require them to.

Walt Disney World Resort is located in Orange County, Florida, and is among the locations where the OC mayor is urging people to wear face masks indoors. The state as a whole has recently seen a 73% increase in positive COVID cases, in large part due to the highly contagious Delta variant. In the past, when changes have been made on a County level, Disney World has followed suit. Mayor Demings has said that he expects theme parks, including Walt Disney World to comply with the new Executive order.

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Walt Disney World Resort has not yet issued a statement regarding the State of Emergency or a mask mandate at the time of this article’s publication. Currently, Disney World currently only requires face masks to be worn indoors by theme park Guests who are unvaccinated. Guests who are vaccinated are not required to wear masks at any time unless they are using Disney transportation.

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The mayor shared the following tweet, which links to his new Executive Order.

Today, July 28, 2021, I signed Executive Order 2021-24, declaring a State of Local Emergency for @OrangeCoFL. I urge residents and visitors — vaccinated and unvaccinated — to wear a mask while indoors and to follow updated CDC guidelines. Executive Order: ocfl.net/ExecutiveOrders

As mentioned, at the time of publication, Disney World has not made any changes to its mask policy. We will update this article with more information when it is released. Stay tuned to the My Disney Experience app and Walt Disney World website for current face mask rules at the Disney theme parks.

This is a developing news story. Inside the Magic will keep readers updated if and when changes are made. 

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