Disney Bans Eating & Drinking While Walking To Ensure People Wear Masks

Michelle Santiago Cortés
Los visitantes usan máscaras para asistir al día oficial de reapertura del Magic Kingdom en Walt Disney World en Lake Buena Vista, Florida, el sábado 11 de julio de 2020. Disney abrió dos parques de Florida, Magic Kingdom y Animal Kingdom, el sábado con protocolos de capacidad y seguridad limitadas en respuesta a la pandemia de coronavirus. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)
Los visitantes usan máscaras para asistir al día oficial de reapertura del Magic Kingdom en Walt Disney World en Lake Buena Vista, Florida, el sábado 11 de julio de 2020. Disney abrió dos parques de Florida, Magic Kingdom y Animal Kingdom, el sábado con protocolos de capacidad y seguridad limitadas en respuesta a la pandemia de coronavirus. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

After a much-criticized reopening in mid-July that was followed by a record spike in COVID-19 cases, Orlando, Florida’s Disney World remains open. The park is now working out ways to stay open for business while keeping visitors, workers, and the larger community safe amid a roaring pandemic.

Currently, all four Walt Disney World theme parks are open and so are some hotels, with limited capacity and added measures. The park’s website recently updates its mask policy: “You may remove your face covering while actively eating or drinking, but you should be stationary and maintain appropriate physical distancing.” Eating and walking are no longer allowed.

If you’ve recently flown Delta or Virgin Airlines, you’ve likely come across alcohol or food and beverage bans that aim to reduce the number of occasions passengers remove their masks. Disney World is now taking similar measures with this new eating and walking ban.

Yet so much of the Disney World experience is about seeing and doing as much as you can, with so many of the available and popular foods — like turkey legs — sold ideal for consuming while exploring. It raises concerns over the practicality and sustainability of such a practice — people likely envision their day at Disney World consisting of walking around and tasting all the delights the park has to offer, not alternating between the two activities. If people are committed to traveling to an amusement park at the height of a pandemic, a ban on eating while walking can only be so effective. 

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I love clothes, but I hate the task of getting dressed for work. WFH life has freed me of that daily burden. I have joined the stretchy-pants-and-a-nice-shirt workforce! And it is glorious. Not once have I thought, I have NOTHING to wear, despite having an overstuffed closet. No longer do I spend 30 minutes trying on outfits never to find anything that looks right.  Personal style in the pandemic world is split in two opposing directions: extreme comfort (hence the rising demand for matching sweatsuits and bike shorts) and look-at-meee-I’m-out-in-the-world outfits. Today, the occasion you might get dressed up for is Leaving My Apartment, rather than a party or event, and our style choices have evolved to suit that reality. “Right now, putting on a pair of jeans feels fancy,” says Susie Sheffman, one of the country’s top fashion directors and style watchers. I couldn’t agree with her more, but one thing I’ve realized this year is that dressing for me is either about being seen or feeling good. Right now, it’s all about the latter. And what makes me feel good these days are loose-fitting dresses (my type of fancy) and spandex. I have made just four fashion purchases since March: a T-shirt featuring an illustration of Canada’s Chief Medical Officer, a pink sweatshirt with my hometown’s name and a picture of a moose, and two cotton sundresses. If “fashion masks” count, then make that five, because I also bought a royal blue face mask with ruffles from Greta Constantine. Nothing has been over $60. According to Sheffman, jeans (even the skinny ones!!!) aren’t going anywhere. “Next to your winter coat, your jeans are the most hard-working item in your wardrobe,” she says. “They go with everything, and at a time when there’s so much uncertainty, the familiar and the authentic, true pieces like your jeans have incredible longevity.” While He won’t be throwing a pair anytime soon, she believes jeans will survive longterm. She’s currently researching traditional Japanese design methods like sashiko needlework and boro patchwork. “Denim has been a staple in Japanese utility wear for many decades,” says He. “Even though jeans have not served us during this pandemic, I doubt that they will fade into obscurity forever. Long live denim.”Sheffman agrees. Heading into fall, she says jeans check two huge trend boxes: A return to ’70s denim in terms of style (she points to the patchwork styles in Tom Ford’s fall 2020 collection), and with a rising interest in vintage jeans, our desire for more sustainable fashion. (While eco-friendlier forms of production are on the rise, from brands like Triarchy and Everlane, a new pair of jeans is typically the environment’s arch-enemy.) “The real trend in denim right now is back to a relaxed, vintagey feeling, whether it’s buying a pair of vintage Levi’s 501s — something that’s worked-in and comfortable,” says Sheffman. “Secondhand denim is a great way to do the sustainability thing. You can buy your denim online, vintage, so you’re helping the environment.” But what if I’m a denim brand trying to sell you a new pair of jeans? Sheffman says I need to do two things: “Show me that you are participating in some sort of effort to be sustainable” and “go a little simpler and relax your styling a little bit.” Using softer denim is key. That’s the playbook Levi’s is following in an attempt to turn around a brutal 2020. In addition to bandana-inspired masks (of course), its fall lineup includes the Stay Loose for men and the High Loose for women. Both are made with a more environmentally friendly cotton-hemp blend and cut in a relaxed fit inspired by classic ’80s and ’90s styles.This makes sense. My favorite pair of jeans is a pair of light-washed button-fly 501s. I bought them 12 years ago; two years ago I wore them for my Refinery29 headshots. When they were brand new they had two small not-so-authentic rips in the legs, but now they’re almost more hole than fabric. The material at the thighs is worn paper-thin and the seams are speckled with teeny holes. In other words, they are sensational. But I recently began to limit the number of times I wore them to work, thinking they may have crossed the line from casual-cool to ready-for-the-trash. But I always felt like me when I did wear them. I was dressing for myself — my own style and my own comfort. Maybe I’ll put them into my wardrobe rotation this fall. If there’s one principle of dressing in 2020, it’s feeling at home in your clothes. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?We Found 12 Reasons To Shop Levi’s Sitewide Sale23 Non-Basic Denim Shorts