The Walt Disney World website has been updated to tighten written guidelines for face coverings at dining locations, adding clarification as to when guests are permitted to remove masks.
The new language states that face coverings “can only be removed while actively eating or drinking” and that “face coverings must be worn while standing, waiting, or sitting in dining locations.”
Previous language left more room for interpretation, stating that face coverings for guests age 2 and up “must be worn in all public areas—including while entering and exiting dining locations — and can be removed while eating or drinking.”
Throughout the pandemic Disney has continued to clarify and tighten language and signage with respect to mask requirements in the theme parks and dining locations.
The latest update extends Disney’s rules beyond those in place at other theme parks like Universal Orlando, where face covering guidelines for dining locations currently state that guests can remove face coverings while seated at their table: “Inside restaurants, we have arranged tables and seating so that guests can safely remove their face coverings while enjoying their dining experience.”
In some other parts of the country, strict statewide guidelines have been issued with respect to mask requirements while dining in restaurants, particularly as they relate to interactions with servers and other restaurant staff. For example, a statewide policy in Illinois requires guests to wear masks when approached and served by staff, including when food and beverages are delivered and tables are serviced.
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