Disney World and Disneyland to again require masks indoors – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports

(CNN) – Disney World and Disneyland, the two crown jewels of Disney’s Parks unit, will once again require masks indoors.

The company announced on Wednesday that it is adjusting its health and safety tips based primarily on “guidance from health and government officials.”

The resorts – located in Orlando, Florida and Anaheim, California – require staff commonly known as “cast members” and visitors 2 years and older to put on masks and face coverings indoors starting Friday.

According to Disney, this applies “regardless of vaccination status”.

The transfer takes place because the Delta Covid-19 variant is spreading rapidly, major companies are rethinking their plans to send staff back to the office and even require vaccinations. For example, Google and Facebook became two of the biggest companies on Wednesday to require their employees to be vaccinated when they return to work.

Also noteworthy is the determination to encourage visitors to put on masks again, as Disney is the main vacation spot in the theme park industry, along with a linchpin of the company’s media empire.

The change in controls comes after the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated their mask controls on Tuesday and recommended vaccinated individuals wear masks indoors in areas with “significant” and “high” transmission of Covid-19.

The information that masks are returning to Disney’s home parks also follows the mayor of Orange County, the location Disney World is located, and says the county is in “crisis mode.”

“These numbers are extraordinary. We see nearly 1,000 new cases in Orange County every day. These are the numbers that we saw at its peak last year, ”Mayor Jerry Demings said on Monday.

Disney’s parks and resorts division has been hit very hard due to the pandemic. The outbreak resulted in a difficult year that resulted in prolonged closings and significant layoffs.

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