US Disney resorts have removed their mask mandates nationwide for vaccinated guests. From now on, mask usage will be an individual choice for anyone who’s fully vaccinated.
Disney made masks mandatory at US Disney resorts in 2020.
They removed mandatory masks in June 2021 after COVID-19 cases decreased, but they brought the mask mandate back because of rising cases in late 2021.
Disney’s Mask Mandate
Until February 16, all guests at US Disney resorts had to wear:
- A mask with two layers of breathable material
- A mask that fully covers the nose and mouth
- A mask that fits snugly against the side of the face
- A mask with ties or ear loops that allows guests to remain hands-free
Disney resorts refused to accept neck gaiters, open-chin, triangle bandanas, and face coverings containing valves or mesh materials. Although the removal of mandatory masks at Disney resorts is nationwide, some states are making different decisions about the mask mandate in Disney resorts.
The Different Rules In Different States
Disney wrote on its website for California parks: “Beginning February 17, 2022, face coverings are required for unvaccinated Guests (ages 2 and older) in all indoor locations, including throughout indoor attractions and indoor queues. Face coverings are required for all Guests, regardless of vaccination status, in certain indoor settings including Disney shuttles and in health settings, such as in First Aid. Face coverings are optional for Guests in outdoor areas.”
“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,” they added.
California Governor Gavin Newsom will allow California to end its mask mandate for vaccinated individuals.
Gavin Newsom tweeted: “CA’s case rate has decreased by 65% since our Omicron peak. Our hospitalizations have stabilized across the state. Our statewide indoor mask requirement will expire on 2/15. Unvaccinated people will still need to wear masks indoors. Get vaccinated. Get boosted.”
Still, Los Angeles will continue to make masks mandatory in indoor public spaces. As a result, Universal Studios Hollywood—which is in Los Angeles—will require masks indoors. Guests are also required to show proof of vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 test to enter, according to Universal Studios Hollywood.
Disney wrote on its Florida website: “Face coverings will be optional for fully vaccinated guests in both outdoor and indoor locations. We expect guests who are not fully vaccinated to continue wearing face coverings in all indoor locations, including indoor attractions and theaters.”
“Face coverings will still be required by all guests (ages 2 and up) on enclosed Disney transportation, including Disney buses, monorails, and Disney Skyliner,” they added.
Universal Orlando Resort will ‘encourage’ unvaccinated people to wear masks in shops, restaurants, and public areas. Universal Orlando Resort, however, will not require proof of vaccination to enter.
U.S. Mask Mandate When Traveling
If you’re flying to any of the US Disney resorts, you should know that masks are mandatory in airports and on airlines in the United States. You’ll also have to wear masks on many public transportation options.
And, despite many U.S. states dropping the mask mandates—regardless of people’s vaccination status—the CDC says people over the age of two should wear masks if they are:
- Not fully vaccinated
- Fully vaccinated and in an area with substantial or high transmission
- Fully vaccinated and with weakened immune systems
The CDC’s website also adds that masks do not need to be worn in outdoor settings for most people. It’s the best idea for U.S travelers to pack masks before traveling, at least for now.