reopening of Shanghai Disneyland, but here it is again, in case you missed it. Disney CEO Bob Chapek this morning said that it is likely that the company will require guests to wear face coverings when the Disneyland and Walt Disney World theme parks reopen.We had this news in the comments of our report earlier today on the
A mask requirement to visit the Disney theme parks should not come as a surprise. Masks are required of guests visiting the reopened Shanghai park, and Disney last week, when it announced Shanghai's return, said that a mask requirement could be part of the new operating procedures when Disney's other theme parks reopen around the world.
Then next question is... what does Disney mean by "mask?" Will any cloth covering of the face and mouth count, or will Disney require guests to use specific masks that Disney either provides or offers for sale?
Ultimately, the idea behind requiring masks is that people carrying the virus cannot spread it as easily if they are wearing a mask. Since it's not currently possible to accurately test everyone entering the park for Covid-19, the next best thing is to assume that everyone is a potential carrier and to require everyone to wear a mask.
So what's most important is that people wear the mask properly and keep it on at all times, except when eating. So long as the material remains coherent, the mask should be good to go. But we don't know what the requirements will be until Disney formally issues them.
Parks are surveying their fans about potential mask requirements, and I would like to see what Theme Park Insider readers think of them. So let's ask the question.
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