CDC Advises Against Travel This Weekend Amid Rising Case Numbers

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Most Americans have been cooped up in their houses and apartments for over a year, but now that there is a COVID-19 vaccine continuing to be distributed, people are getting out and trying to regain some sense of normalcy.

However, with vaccination rates slowing and the Delta variant spreading, things are quickly going downhill once more. Now, ahead of Labor Day weekend, the U.S. Centers For Disease Control and Prevention is once again telling people to stay home — especially if they are not fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

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According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the U.S. is seeing an astounding 160,000 new cases per day — between the Delta variant continuing its rapid spread and kids returning to the classroom. Because the COVID-19 case numbers are getting so high, and with Labor Day weekend fast approaching, doctors and scientists at the CDC are recommending that unvaccinated people not travel — and even those who are vaccinated should reconsider their travel plans and weigh the risks involved.

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Both Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort have travel advisories on their websites — along with mask guidelines for both vaccinated and unvaccinated Guests. Unvaccinated Guests are advised to keep their masks on at all times, while vaccinated Guests only need to wear them while indoors.

Foe example, according to the Disneyland website:

The State of California strongly recommends that all Guests be fully vaccinated or obtain a negative COVID-19 test prior to entering the Disneyland Resort. All Guests (ages 2 and up) must wear face coverings when indoors, including on many attractions and in enclosed transportation vehicles, regardless of vaccination status. Face coverings are optional in outdoor common areas for all Guests. If planning to travel, please check and follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations and any State travel advisories. Do not travel to or enter Disneyland Resort unless you are free of any COVID-19 symptoms and otherwise comply with the requirements of such advisories and restrictions.

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Both Disneyland and Walt Disney World are also still operating with some pandemic protocol in mind, including the mask rules mentioned above, and theme park reservations are required for all Guests visiting both Resorts, which help control capacity. However, it should be noted that neither Disneyland nor Walt Disney World are requiring Guests to provide proof of vaccination at this time — although Guests who take Disney cruises will be required to be vaccinated.

Reservations are currently still available for Guests purchasing regular tickets at both Disneyland and Disney World for the holiday weekend. However, reservations are fully booked up for Disneyland’s Magic Key Holders (the new name for Annual Passholders).

Will you be visiting a theme park over Labor Day weekend, or did you change your travel plans? Let us know in the comments!

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