In today’s investor call, Disney CEO Bob Chapek was asked about what Disney expects in terms of face masks and social distancing in their theme parks in the immediate future. Here’s what Chapek said:
Yeah, I won’t specifically comment on whether we anticipate getting to 2019 revenues by 2022. But I will tell you what our expectations are in terms of the state of the world by then.
We have no doubt, and when we reopen up in parks that were closed, or increase the capacity, that we’ll have some level of social distancing and mask-wearing for the remainder of this year. That’s our expectation. But, I believe that Dr. Fauci said earlier today that he hopes that there is vaccines for everyone who wants them by April this year. If that happens, that is a game-changer.
And that could accelerate our expectations, and give people the confidence that they need to come back to the parks. Will there be overlap until we know that we have herd immunity? Sure there will. But do we believe we’ll be in the same state of 6 foot social distance and mask wearing in 22? Absolutely not.
As a reminder, Walt Disney World still has a mask mandate in place for all guests and Cast Members in their theme parks and resorts. Disney even said that guests who have received the COVID-19 vaccine will still be required to wear masks.
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