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Orlando Airport Statement on New CDC Policy

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Over the past year, our pandemic world has become accustomed to the rules and regulations regarding social distancing and mandatory face masks in public places. Travelers planning to visit Walt Disney World always look for information about what policies are still enforced and what CDC policies have changed before booking their flights to Florida. Today the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released updated guidelines for face masks for vaccinated individuals. Orlando International Airport (MCO) has responded to these new guidelines.

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New CDC mask guidelines

Under the new guidelines, fully vaccinated individuals can now stop wearing masks in most places except buses, airplanes, trains, prisons, hospitals, nursing homes and other places where mask mandates exist. The official CDC website is:

When you are fully vaccinated, you can resume activities that you were doing before the pandemic.

Fully vaccinated individuals can resume activities without a mask or physical distancing unless required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules and regulations, including local business and workplace guidelines.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis recently lifted all restrictions across the state and decided, starting July 1, to end face masks and social distancing guidelines across Florida. But that doesn’t mean that Orlando International Airport agrees.

Photo credit: Miami Herald International Airport / Orlando

The statement from MCO on their official Twitter account reads:

Please keep in mind that this new CDC policy will continue to require those who are fully vaccinated to wear masks in federal facilities including airports and public transportation. Face masks are still required in our facilities.

Please keep in mind that this new CDC policy will continue to require those who are fully vaccinated to wear masks in federal facilities including airports and public transportation. Face masks are still required in our facilities. https://t.co/amDcCu1MLT

– Orlando International Airport (@MCO) May 13, 2021

What about theme parks?

Although the Walt Disney World Resort in the state of Florida was able to operate at full capacity with no COVID-19 restrictions, at this point Disney has only chosen to lift the restrictions on face masks for socially distant outdoor photos.

Today, Bob Chapek, CEO of the Walt Disney Company, confirmed that capacity increases have begun at Disney World’s theme parks, but he has not confirmed the exact percentage.

The biggest question that remains is whether or not Walt Disney World will relax mask requirements for vaccinated individuals overall. The Disney World website currently states:

We are aware of Florida State’s plans to change its COVID-19 policy. We will be evaluating these latest guidelines and maintaining our current health and safety practices at this point, including face covering requirements. We will continue to make thoughtful adjustments to our policies. As soon as COVID-19 vaccines are available, we encourage people to get vaccinated.

Related: New CDC Masks Guide: How Might This Affect Parks?

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With that in mind, and given the changing times, the CDC’s recommendations appear to be a positive change as COVID-19 cases decline across the country.

Stay in touch with Inside the Magic for all updates to the CDC policy as we will post more updates on theme park regulations and the news you can expect when traveling to Walt Disney World this year.

How do you feel about traveling to Orlando after the rules have been relaxed? Do you agree to the Orlando Airport Rule? Let us know in the comments below!

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