Walt Disney World is relaxing their face mask policy for the first time since they reopened to guests. Beginning April 8, 2021, guests may temporarily remove their masks during physically-distanced outdoor pictures.
Walt Disney World’s website has been updated with the change.
Face coverings are required for all Guests (ages 2 and up) and Cast Members, including those who have received a COVID-19 vaccine. Please bring your own face coverings and wear them at all times, except when dining or swimming. You may temporarily remove your face covering while actively eating, drinking or taking an outdoor photo*, but you must be stationary and maintain appropriate physical distancing during this time. (*Beginning April 8)
Popular photo spots, such as in front of Cinderella Castle, has constantly seen poor mask compliance. Cast members have had the difficult task of enforcing mask regulations around the parks, which has led to altercations with uncooperative guests.
Unfortunately, some guests will use this change as a loophole to avoid wearing a mask entirely. The “I was about to take a picture,” argument may become the new norm cast members have to deal with. Any situation, assuming it’s outdoors, can be met with a “I was taking a selfie,” claim.
We still don’t envy any cast member charged with monitoring guest mask compliance, but we welcome a future where regulations are safely relaxed.