Disney World Updates Mask Policy, Bans Certain Masks

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Disney World Mask Policy

Disney World Mask Policy Updates, Bans Certain Masks

As the pandemic rages on, more and more businesses are updating their mask policies.  We saw Delta recently ban masks with valves and there are new Disney World mask policy updates as well. Some of these changes are because of new information and testing that has come out on certain masks and others are to try to stop people from “gaming” the policy.

Disney World Mask Policy

Details

Here are the Disney World mask policy updates:

  • They must fully cover the wearers nose and mouth and secure under the chin.
  • The mask needs to have at least two layers of breathable material.
  • They must fit snugly, but comfortably, against the side of the wearers face.
  • The mask must be secured with ear loops or ties, so the guest is hands free.
  • Neck gaiters and open-chin triangle bandannas are not acceptable face coverings.
  • Costume masks are not acceptable
  • Face coverings containing valves, mesh material or holes of any kind are not acceptable face coverings

The only time you are allowed to remove your mask while on the grounds is while swimming or dining.  You are no longer allowed to walk around and eat or drink either.  If you are dining you need to be stationary and maintaining proper social distancing.

If you want to review all of the new park rules and guidelines you can go here.

Final Thoughts

I think we will see more and more specifics from businesses and parks as more information comes out about certain face coverings. The more specific the rules are the more people can understand what to expect and what will work and will not work.  I think it makes for a smoother experience since you are not worried about whether or not what you have meets the criteria.  It also allows people to judge if it is something worthwhile to them or not.  I am sure some people will feel more comfortable visiting the parks with these rules in place while others will be turned off by it.  But at least both sides know what to expect going forward.  There would be nothing more frustrating then being turned away at the gate because of an unclear set up rules or guidelines.

What do you think of the Disney World mask policy updates?  Would it make you more or less likely to visit the parks? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Mark Ostermann
Mark Ostermann is a father, husband and miles/points fanatic. He left the corporate world after starting a family in order to be a stay at home dad. Mark is constantly looking at ways to save money and stay within budget while also taking awesome vacations with his family. When he isn't caring for his family or taking a weekend trip, Mark is working towards his goal of visiting every Major League Baseball ballpark.

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  1. The sooner everyone wears masks where required, the sooner we can all GET BACK TO OUR LIVES, our jobs, our schools. Masks work. Tell that to a lot of Asian and European countries, most of which are pretty much back to normal (with the exception of areas with outbreaks that go under containment), with the added detail of everyone is wearing a mask. I want to get back to normal. If I have to wear a mask to do that, then so be it. We need to get our economy started again, people working again, and our kids back to school (even if it means outdoor school; yes, even in cold weather. we can do this!) #wearamask

  2. Why don’t people just wear full respirator suits like virologosts wear to prevent getting viruses? Any other idea is purely just theatre.

  3. Clarity around rules is a good thing. Agree with it or not, consistency is good.

    I still think that a very large percentage (I believe an overwhelming majority) will simply be staying away from Disney parks until the whole thing is done and we are back to normal, with no face masks required at all. Even if that is years from now.

    I think Disney is an expensive, aspirational experience for most people. With the mandatory masks in place, it is certainly a less than ideal experience (hot, uncomfortable, have to worry about rules around it). I think that people will just do the aspirational experience when it can be as ideal as possible. I mean, who wants to go to the Happiest Place on Earth where you can’t see anyone else smiling or even take a picture of your kids smiling?

  4. If they are gonna be open right now (A mistake, IMHO), then these seem like good and well thought out rules. It’s already been shown that Bandannas and Gaiters are the least effective and then the cheap single layer masks as well. Between things like this and the increased insistence of businesses and airlines, etc, to demand mask wearing, I think we are seeing the kind of leadership missing in government at many levels.

    In short, Good for Disney.

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