A recent update to the Walt Disney World website is tightening face covering requirements while dining. The update was made today and will likely be enforced immediately. Shout out to Brooke Geiger McDonald for first spotting the changes.
Here’s the updated language, compared to the previous wording:
Face coverings for each Guest age 2 and up, which must be worn in all public areas and can only be removed while actively eating or drinking. Face coverings must be worn while standing, waiting or sitting in dining locations.
Here’s the previous language:
Face coverings for each Guest age 2 and up, which must be worn in all public areas—including while entering and exiting dining locations—and can be removed while eating or drinking
As you can see, Disney really wants to ensure that guests are keeping their masks on at all times when they are not eating or drinking. The phrase “actively eating or drinking”, combined with the requirement to wear a face covering while sitting at in a dining location seems to indicate that guests must put their masks on in between bites of food.
That said, even the header image for the dining page shows guests with their masks off during a socially distanced meet and greet with Minnie Mouse. Hopefully Disney is able to change this image, which was specifically uploaded to show a physically distanced character meet and greet under the new COVID-19 protocols. Under the newly updated language, a photo like the one Disney has on their website would not be allowed.
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