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Disney World’s face-covering rule gets photo exception

Orlando Sentinel logoOrlando Sentinel 4/12/2021 Dewayne Bevil, Orlando Sentinel
a group of people standing in a parking lot: Masked guests walk past the Partners statue of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse in the Magic Kingdom last year. © Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/TNS Masked guests walk past the Partners statue of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse in the Magic Kingdom last year.

ORLANDO, Fla. — Walt Disney World is changing one of its COVID-19-related policies, and we’ll be able to see folks smiling when it kicks in. As of this month, face coverings will be allowed to be removed while photographs are being taken — but with very specific restrictions.

“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,” the official Disney World website reads, along with an asterisk indicating that this change is effective as of April 8.

It’s similar to Disney World’s mask policy when eating and drinking, which keeps visitors from wandering without face coverings.

Visitors who are 2 years old and up — including folks who have received a COVID-19 vaccine — must wear face coverings at all times, except when dining or swimming, according to Disney’s rules. That has been the policy since the theme parks, Disney Springs and Blizzard Beach water park reopened after last year’s coronavirus-inspired shutdowns.

To see Disney’s guidelines, go to disneyworld.com/experience-updates. Broader rules can be found at disneyworld.com/rules.

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