For the 50+ Traveler

Add another exception to the mask policy for guests visiting Walt Disney World properties.

Starting today, visitors can remove their masks to take outdoor photos at the theme park and other properties at the Florida resort, but there are still restrictions that come with the change.

Photo subjects must remain stationary and maintain proper social distancing while the picture is being taken, then return the mask to their face immediately afterward.

Face masks have been required at Disney World ever since the park reopened last summer. The only exceptions had been when a guest was actively eating, drinking, or swimming.

Guests who are eating or drinking cannot be walking around the park while doing so. Like the photo policy, they must be stationary.

While Disney is slightly relaxing the rules on when a mask must be worn, the policy on what type of masks are acceptable remains strictly enforced.

According to the park policy, all face coverings 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.

In addition, neck gaiters, open-chin triangle bandanas, and face coverings containing valves, mesh material, or holes of any kind are not allowed. Neither are costume masks.

Guests are also subject to temperature checks before entering the park and certain retail and dining establishments. Disney is serious about this policy, as one guest from Louisiana found out recently when he was arrested and charged with trespassing for bypassing a temperature screening at a Disney Springs restaurant.

Disney also enforces social distancing throughout the park and has kept closed some attractions that involve person-to-person contact or interactive activities.

Employees also conduct more frequent and deeper cleanings throughout the day at the park.

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