Disney World’s recent health and safety policy updates that once again require face masks to be worn indoors has been in response to a rise in COVID-19 cases in Florida and around the country.
MSN News has reported a recent sharp increase in the average number of cases in the state of Florida, according to numbers released by the Center for Disease Control.
As of July 1st, Florida’s seven-day average number of COVID-19 cases was 1,839. One month later, the state has seen that number increase by over 800%, with the seven-day average number of cases reaching 17,024 as of August 1st.
Last month, we reported that Florida was leading the U.S. in overall number of new COVID-19 cases, with roughly 1 in 5 new COVID-19 cases coming from the state.
When those numbers were reported, there was an average of over 6,500 new infections every day. On Friday, July 30th, Florida reported 21,682 new COVID-19 cases — a record single-day number since the pandemic began in March of 2020. According to MSN News, Florida also recently reported a record 11,515 hospitalizations due to COVID-19.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has expressed his strong opposition to face mask mandates or requiring any proof of COVID-19 vaccination, going as far as signing executive orders prohibiting such mandates. At the county level, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings has urged residents to return to wearing face masks indoors. According to the CDC, approximately 58.4% of Floridians have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, with 49.1% of the state considered to be fully vaccinated.
Currently, Disney World requires that all guests age 2 and up wear face masks in all indoor locations, regardless of vaccination status. As of this writing, Universal Orlando has recommended that guests to wear face masks indoors but has yet to require them.
We’ll continue to monitor the current situation in Florida and we make sure you’re up-to-date with the latest news and updates.
Click here to read President Biden’s remarks on companies, including Disney, requiring their employees be fully vaccinated.
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