Walt Disney World has indeed changed it’s mask policy for eating and drinking. We saw numerous reports yesterday about guests being told by Cast Members that they could not walk around with food and beverages. They would need to stay stationary while consuming those items.
This is likely a big issue at EPCOT especially as they just started their modified Taste of EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival when it reopened on July 15th.
Now, if you visit the Walt Disney World website the policy has been changed to include this new stationary mandate:
It now states:
“Face coverings are required for all Guests (ages 2 and up) and Cast Members. 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 should be stationary and maintain appropriate physical distancing.
All face coverings (whether disposable or reusable) must:
- Be made with at least two 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 and open-chin triangle bandanas are not acceptable face coverings.
Costume masks are also not considered appropriate and are prohibited from being worn, in alignment with our existing rules.
The use of face coverings is not a substitute for physical distancing.”
Please keep this in mind if you are visiting the Walt Disney World parks. If you want to eat or drink something you will will need to find an acceptable location to do so. You can still remove your mask to eat or drink but you can not walk around while you do it.
I honestly think we will see more rules added or changed as the parks are open. There’s always a reason to add rules, and usually they are ones that weren’t thought of when they were written, but safety concerns popped up afterwards.
What do you think? Comment and let us know!
Source: Walt Disney World, Social Media
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