Though Walt Disney World hasn't been open for even a month yet, with the COVID-19 situation in Florida getting more serious by the day, Walt Disney World has been adjusting its safety measures frequently to try and keep guests as safe as possible. We've already seen Disney change its policy not once but twice in regards to face mask usage in the parks, and now we are seeing even more adjustments not only to this policy, but to their temperature screening policy as well.
Disney continues to tighten mask restrictions
Because there are a wide variety of face coverings available (and some seem to be more effective than others at preventing the spread of COVID-19), Disney has once again tightened its mask-wearing policy, to officially ban masks with breathing valves and/or holes. With this new addition, that means the following types of face coverings are all banned now:
- Neck gaiters
- Open-chin triangle bandanas
- Face coverings containing valves, mesh material or holes of any kind
In addition, Disney has clarified that alll 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
Guests who arrive at the resort wearing a face covering that does not meet Disney's standard will be directed to purchase a face covering that is compliant or will be refused entry to the theme park and/or hotel they are trying to visit.
Temperature screenings will now take place at resort restaurants as well
Though temperature screenings at the theme park gates have been a fixture of the "new normal" Walt Disney World experience since its very first phases Disney has announced that it has now expanded temperature screenings to guests dining in table-service restaurants at Disney Resorts, effective immediately. According to the official Walt Disney World website guests dining in table-service restaurants at Disney Resort hotels will undergo a temperature screening prior to entering the location, and if a guests' temperature falls outside the acceptable range, they will not be allowed to enter.