Disney World And Universal Announce Updated Mask Rules For Outdoor Areas

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The Centers for Disease Control announced updated mask regulations for fully vaccinated individuals and grocery stores are following their lead. Themeparks are also adjusting their rules for guests in areas that allow for it, with Disney World and Universal Studios allowing parkgoers to be maskless is some areas.

Establishments in areas where the local and state regulations allow for patrons to be unmasked are changing their requirements in line with the CDC's guidance. Disney World, Universal Orlando, Busch Gardens, and Sea World are among the amusement parks lifting their mask mandates in the outdoor areas of the park.

Universal announced to Reuters that "face coverings will remain required at all indoor locations, including restaurants, shops, and indoor hotel public areas." At Seaworld, employees at the park will still be required to wear face masks even though guests are not.

Disney had already started to let up on some of their mask rules in April by letting guests take photos maskless when outdoors and at a safe distance from other guests. Now, all fully vaccinated guests can enter without a mask and temperature checks will not be required upon entrance.

These policy changes at theme parks come following last week's announcement from the CDC that fully vaccinated individuals can "resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance."

As a reminder, individuals are considered fully vaccinated two full weeks following the last dose of their vaccine.

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