Beginning Friday, Walt Disney World in Orlando will require face coverings for all guests ages two and up while indoors and in Disney buses, monorail and Disney Skyliner, regardless of vaccination status.
The requirement includes while entering the park and throughout all attractions. Face coverings remain optional for all guests in outdoor common areas.
Costume masks are not considered appropriate and are prohibited from being worn, per Disney's existing rules.
Disney recommends that all face coverings be made with at least two layers of breathable material, fully cover the nose and mouth and secure under the chin, fit snugly, but comfortably against the side of the face and be secured with ties or ear loops and allow the guest to remain hands-free.
Face coverings are not permitted while experiencing water slides or in the water.
The policy change comes as Covid cases continue to surge in Florida. On Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reversed course, recommending that even vaccinated people wear masks indoors and in parts of the U.S. where the Delta variant is leading to a surge in infections.