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Disney World, Universal Orlando, and SeaWorld say no masks are needed outside

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Universal Orlando and Disney World both announced on Friday that guests will no longer need to wear masks outside on Saturday.

SeaWorld Orlando and its sister park, Tampa’s Busch Gardens, allow guests who say they are fully vaccinated to have their masks removed in the parks. The two parks do not require proof of vaccination, but do encourage guests to “be respectful”.

“According to instructions from local government and health officials, outdoor facials will no longer be mandatory for guests at Universal Orlando as of Saturday, May 15,” Universal Orlando spokesperson Tom Schroder told USA TODAY.

The Florida theme park announcement came a day after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new mask guidelines for fully vaccinated people. Disney officials said Thursday, hours after the health department’s new guidance was released, they would be considering changes to the mask requirement.

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On Friday, Disney updated the Disney World website with changes to the Florida parks mask policy.

According to the Disney website, masks are required: When entering and in all attractions; all theaters, including theater entrances; all transports, including transport receipts; and all indoor areas, including restaurants, unless they are actively eating or drinking while they are still.

Disney World announced that it will end visitor temperature tests at all locations where they are currently required starting May 16.

The CDC said that, for the most part, fully vaccinated Americans no longer have to wear masks indoors and no longer have to wear masks outdoors, even in crowded rooms.

While outdoor face covering is no longer required at Universal Orlando, visitors are expected to bring a face mask.

“Face coverings will continue to be required in all indoor locations, including restaurants, shops and public areas of the indoor hotel,” said Schroder. “Face covering is also required at all attractions, from entering the line to leaving the experience.”

Last week, Universal Orlando announced that social distancing requirements have been reduced from 6 feet to 3 feet, which will remain intact, and that visitors will no longer need to take temperature checks before entering the park.

According to Schroder, the relaxation of the mask requirements is at least not yet applied in Universal Studios Hollywood.

“At Universal Studios Hollywood, we will continue to operate in accordance with existing, improved health and safety protocols based on local conditions and instructions from government and health officials,” said Schroder. “We will continue to review the CDC guidelines and move forward in a way that is best for our guests, our team members and our company.”

Featuring: Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY; Associated Press

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