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Disney to make face masks optional for vaccinated guests at its theme parks

Disney has announced it will lift COVID mask mandates for vaccinated visitors at its Disneyland and Walt Disney World theme parks, but still asks unvaccinated guests to wear masks indoors while visiting.

Starting Thursday, vaccinated guests will be free to choose whether they wear a face covering when entering the Florida and California attractions both indoors and out. The company also says due to “recent trends and regulatory guidance,” the parks will also no longer require guests to show proof of vaccination when entering the parks.

Unvaccinated visitors are still required to wear face coverings in theaters, shops, and other indoor areas of the theme parks. “We expect guests who are not fully vaccinated to continue wearing face coverings in all indoor locations, including indoor attractions and theaters,” the company said.

The change comes as omicron infections begin to show signs of slowing and several states lift their mask mandates in schools and other public places. The state of California lifted its indoor mask mandate for vaccinated individuals this week, and Florida currently does not have a mask mandate but gives businesses the right to make their own masking policies.

ARTICLE: LAURA SPIVAK

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: ECONOMIC TIMES

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Laura is a freelance writer out of Maryland and a mom of three. Her background is in political science and international relations, and she has been doing political writing and editing for 17 years. Laura has also written parenting pieces for the Today Show and is currently working on writing a collection of remarkable true stories about normal people. She writes for FBA because unbiased news is vital to unity, and readers deserve the facts free of opinion.

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