First Universal Orlando made the announcement, followed by Walt Disney World, then SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, face masks are no longer required in certain places, with certain exceptions.
Temperature checks have ended at all the parks (Disney’s a day earlier than announced), but each company is handling guest face mask requirements a bit differently. Universal and Disney are playing it on the safe side with masks still needed indoors and on all attractions, while SeaWorld and Busch Gardens have said no masks are needed anywhere for guests who are fully vaccinated.
These changes follow the Center for Disease Control’s new guidelines that “Fully vaccinated people 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.”
Let’s take a closer look at each park’s new rules:
Walt Disney World
Face coverings are not required in outdoor public spaces. They are required for all guests ages two and up in all indoor locations except when actively eating or drinking while stationary and maintaining appropriate physical distancing. They are also required upon entering and throughout all attractions, theaters, and transportation.
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Guests are no longer required to wear face masks when outdoors. However, face coverings will still be required indoors and when on attractions. This includes all outdoor attractions queues and outdoor rides.
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SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Face coverings are no longer required for guests who are fully vaccinated, outdoor or indoor. They will not require proof of vaccine, but will rely on the honor system and ask all guests to comply. All park employees are still required to wear face coverings.
Legoland Florida has never required face masks outdoors, and continues to state that facial coverings are required in all indoor locations across their resort, as well as on all rides in the theme park for all guests 8 years old and older.
Outside of Florida
Most theme parks across the nation are starting to, or have already updated their face mask and temperature check rules.
SeaWorld San Antonio is following the same rules as the Orlando park, while their San Diego park is still requiring face masks at all times, except while eating or drinking.
Disneyland Resort is still requiring face masks at all times, except while eating or drinking while stationary.
Busch Gardens Williamsburg is following the same rules as SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. Face coverings are no longer required for guests who are fully vaccinated, outdoor or indoor.
Be sure to bring a face mask with you on your next theme park visit, and check with them when you arrive to see what their rules are. If you’re sick or unvaccinated, please wear a mask or stay home.
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