During today’s Second Quarter 2021 Financial Results call for The Walt Disney Company, CEO Bob Chapek implied that a summer free of face masks could be on the horizon for the Disney Parks.
During the Q&A portion, Chapek was posed a question about capacity increases at the Disney Parks, and following today’s revelation 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.”
You can read the full quote from Chapek below:
In terms of the parks, and when we’re going to sort of be able to raise our capacity limits, we’ve actually already started that. Given the guidance that just came today, from the CDC, and earlier guidance that we got from the governor of Florida, we’ve already started to increase our capacities.
Though, obviously, today’s guidance that we got from the CDC in terms of those that were vaccinated do not necessarily need to wear masks anymore, both outdoors and indoors. It’s very big news for us, particularly if anybody’s been in Florida in the middle of the summer with a mask on. That could be quite daunting.
We think that’s going to make for an even more pleasant experience and we believe that as we’re now bringing back a lot of people back to work, that it’s going to be an even bigger catalyst for growth in attendance, and we’ve been quite pleased to date. So I think you’re going to see an immediate increase in the number of folks that were able to admit into our parks through our reservation systems that we recently implemented. So we’re very, very excited about that.Bob Chapek, CEO, The Walt Disney Company
While his comments are vague, they do imply that guests visiting the Disney Parks this summer will get to finally remove their masks for good — provided that they are fully vaccinated. At this time, no official rule change has been shared by Disney; face coverings are still listed as required on the Walt Disney World and Disneyland websites. Chapek also highlighted that the parks are actively increasing capacity as new guidelines are shared by the CDC regarding COVID-19.
Walt Disney World recently announced that they would be phasing out temperature checks for both guests and cast members, as well as reducing physical distancing limits from six to three feet.
What do you think of this potential easing of rules surrounding face masks at the Disney Parks? Will you still wear your mask, even if you don’t have to? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.