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Disney will require face masks indoors and on transportation again starting Friday

The theme park had recently dropped its mask mandate for vaccinated guests.
A family walks past Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom in 2020.
A family walks past Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom in 2020. [ JOE BURBANK | AP ]
Published Jul. 29
Updated Jul. 29

Walt Disney World dropped its face mask mandate last month for vaccinated guests, but in light of new federal health guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, face coverings will once again be mandatory for all at the theme park while indoors or on buses and trams.

Masks will still be optional for vaccinated guests while they are outside.

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“Face coverings are required for all guests (ages 2 and up) while indoors and in Disney buses, monorail and Disney Skyliner, regardless of vaccination status,” said a Wednesday update on the Disney website. “This includes upon entering and throughout all attractions.”

The Disney theme parks also have rules about those face coverings. Masks must be made with at least two layers of breathable material and fully cover the nose and mouth. Things like neck gaiters are banned, as are masks that contain valves, mesh material or holes.

Related: New CDC guidelines set off rush to reimpose COVID-19 restrictions

Disney’s announcement comes on the heels of the CDC’s latest recommendation that even vaccinated Americans resume wearing masks indoors if they are in areas with high or substantial transmissibility of the COVID-19 virus.

Florida has been among the states hit hardest by a dramatic summer surge in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations nationwide as the highly contagious delta variant spreads through unvaccinated populations.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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