California to Lift Indoor Mask Mandates for the Vaccinated



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Starting February 15th, the state of California will lift indoor mask mandates for vaccinated people according to the Los Angeles Times. This will pertain to counties without local orders of their own such as Orange county, where Disneyland is. Counties maintain the option to keep the mask mandates as Los Angeles County has decided.

Masks will still be required on public transport, in nursing homes, and for unvaccinated persons.

The Los Angeles Times cited ​​Dr. Tomás J. Aragón, the state’s director of public health and health officer as saying, “Omicron has loosened its hold on California, vaccines for children under 5 are around the corner and access to COVID-19 treatments is improving. With things moving in the right direction, we are making responsible modifications to COVID-19 prevention measures, while also continuing to develop a longer-term action plan for the state.”

California is not the only state relaxing its masking mandates. Other states releasing updated mask mandates include New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware and Oregon.

Disneyland has had an indoor mask mandate in place in July of 2021. Since this announcement of the easing of the mask mandates, there has been no word from Disneyland about the fate of its indoor mask policy.

Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida has an indoor mask policy at all of its parks despite Florida not having an official mask mandate. In fact in May of last year, Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida stated that local governments could not set COVID-19 rules including mask mandates in an executive order. However, Walt Disney World operates as a private business that requires masks indoors. If Walt Disney World is any model for how Disneyland will react to the easing of mask mandates, I do not see a change in indoor mask wearing happening at Disneyland. 

If Disneyland releases a change in indoor mask mandates, we will certainly report it.  Check back for updates.

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