DORAL, FL – Disney World has decided to lift its face mask requirement from now on, even for unvaccinated visitors. In February, the Orlando theme park made face coverings optional for those vaccinated.
Back then, vaccinated guests could avoid using face masks in all indoor and outdoor locations except within transportation vehicles, such as the monorail, but now nobody has to use a mask anywhere.
Measures have been relaxing over time since last August when masks in Disney World were optional only for outdoor settings but mandatory while indoors regardless of vaccination status due to updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Now in addition to having all measures removed entirely, visitors will be able to also get closer to their favorite characters as according to the Disney Parks Blog, regular meet-and-greets will return to Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Disney cruises and the Aulani Resort in Hawaii after nearly two years of no hugs, autographs signed or close up interactions between costumed characters at U.S. Disney parks and visitors.
These changes are added to those in other scenarios after a federal judge in Florida threw out a national mask mandate for public transportation. This announcement gives airports, mass transit systems, airlines and ride-hailing services the option to keep mask requirements mandatory or not.
Some airlines already updated their policies such as United, American, Southwest, Delta, Alaska and JetBlue that said masks would no longer be required on domestic flights after two years of mask policy enforcement. However, policies vary by airline and are subject to change.
Lastly, the ride-sharing companies Lyft and Uber announced on their websites Tuesday that masks will now be optional while riding or driving.
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