Disney Updates Face Covering and Physical Distancing Guidelines

Disney has made some changes to their face covering and physical distance guidelines. Specifically in regards to masks with clear panels and physical distancing of larger parties in lines.

Face Coverings

Most of the rules remain the same but they added information about face coverings with transparent plastic for those that need to see someone’s mouth.

Face coverings may have an integrated transparent plastic panel to aid in viewing the wearer’s mouth. These face coverings must:

  • Be a fabric face covering featuring a solid plastic panel containing no openings that is attached to the fabric on all sides using tight knit stitching
  • Meet all face covering requirements listed above”

This information was added to the current rules in place:

Face coverings are required for all Guests (ages 2 and up) and Cast Members, including those who have received a COVID-19 vaccine. Please bring your own face coverings and wear them at all times, except when dining or swimming. You may remove your face covering while actively eating or drinking, but you must be stationary and maintain appropriate physical distancing.

All face coverings (whether disposable or reusable) must:

  • Be made with at least 2 layers of breathable material
  • Fully cover the nose and mouth and secure under the chin
  • Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • Be secured with ties or ear loops and allow the Guest to remain hands-free

At this time, based on guidance from health authorities, neck gaiters, open-chin triangle bandanas and face coverings containing valves, mesh material or holes of any kind are not acceptable face coverings.

Costume masks are also not considered appropriate and are prohibited from being worn, in alignment with our existing rules.”

Another Change to the rules come with larger parties and physical distancing guidelines:

Moving forward party size will come into play when following social distance guidelines. Groups of 10 or more will be asked to split into smaller groups to allow for better distancing.

Party Size: Guests traveling in parties of more than 10 are asked to split into smaller groups in queues, dining locations and other areas around our parks and resorts to better allow for physical distancing.

This new rule joins the other rules currently in place:

  • Signage and Ground Markings: Please follow directional signage and ground markings, which have been installed throughout Walt Disney World Resort to help Guests better navigate common areas while practicing physical distancing.
  • Physical Barriers: Physical barriers have been added in select places to help promote proper separation between people, including in queues and on transportation and attractions. Barriers may also be visible, for example, in areas around cash registers or at Guest Relations.
  • Parking: Cashless payment is recommended at the auto plazas. Cars will be directed to park in every other parking space at the theme parks.
  • Training: Cast Members are trained to engage with Guests and promote physical distancing guidelines in common areas and queues.

This makes sense as we’ve seen large groups spill over into other people’s space several times.

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Source: Walt Disney World, Hat tip WDWNT


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