Florida’s amusement parks loosen mask wearing

ORLANDO, FLORIDA — Visitors to Walt Disney World and Universal Studios-Orlando were allowed on Saturday to remove their masks when outdoors, except when on attractions, in line or riding transportation.

Florida’s major theme parks are adjusting face mask policies after the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) loosened its recommendations as more people get vaccinated for the coronavirus. Masks remain mandatory indoors, except in restaurants when seated or actively eating.

SeaWorld Orlando and its sister park Tampa’s Busch Gardens are allowing guests who say they are fully vaccinated to remove their masks throughout the parks. The two parks will not require proof of vaccination but are asking guests to “respectfully comply”.

The CDC guidance still calls for wearing masks in crowded indoor settings like buses, planes, hospitals, prisons and homeless shelters.

Visitors walk past Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom, at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. PHOTO: AP