Disney World & Universal Orlando Change Covid-19 Safety Protocols
Disney World is welcoming visitors once again after its parks shut down during the height of the pandemic. Park visits now involve Covid-19 safety measures, like face masks, reservations, social distancing, and temperature checks among other things. But, as more people get vaccinated, Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando are scaling back some of the health and safety protocols.
At Disney World, officials have announced they will no longer require guests to undergo temperature checks upon arrival. Facial coverings are still mandatory inside the park, but visitors can remove them to eat, drink and take photos outdoors.
“Following the advice of the CDC and our local health officials, we will phase out onsite temperature screenings at Walt Disney World Resort for Cast Members beginning May 8 and Guests on May 16,” the Disney website notes. “We will continue to follow the guidance of health and safety leaders going forward and most importantly encourage people to get vaccinated.”
Officials at Universal Orlando has also announced they will end temperature checks and change social distancing practices from six feet to three feet. Mask mandates remain in place at all Universal properties. “The health and safety of our guests and team members is always our top priority,” a Universal spokesperson said, as per Travel Pulse. “We continue to review the CDC guidelines and work with local health officials as we update our health and safety protocols.”
On May 1st, the Orange County Health Department said that temperature checks were no longer necessary as they are now a waste of resources and “makes no difference” in stopping the spread of Covid-19.