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Disney theme parks are requiring masks indoors again

Anyone who needs to go to California’s Disneyland or Walt Disney World Resort in Florida should put on a face masks indoors again, as instances of the COVID-19 Delta variant proceed to climb in each states. 

The leisure large updated its well being tips late Wednesday to incorporate obligatory face masks for all visitors, ages 2 and up, beginning Friday, regardless of their vaccination standing. Visitors should additionally put on a masks whereas driving on the varied modes of transportation throughout the park, in line with the newest tips.

“Beginning July 30, face coverings are required for all Guests (ages 2 and up) while indoors and in Disney buses, monorail and Disney Skyliner, regardless of vaccination status. This includes upon entering and throughout all attractions,” Disney posted on its website. Masks stay elective for visitors open air, the company famous. 

Disneyland and Disney World reopened in April and July, respectively, after being closed for greater than 13 months and dropping billions of {dollars} in ticket and concession gross sales. The new masks mandate on the theme parks comes just a few weeks after California and Florida started experiencing elevated Delta variant instances. 

The Delta variant is overwhelmingly the dominant pressure throughout the nation, in line with information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It now accounts for “83% of sequenced cases” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky mentioned at a July 20 listening to earlier than the Senate.

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California has averaged almost 1,000 further coronavirus instances each day, marking a 17% enhance since late June, the Associated Press reported. Health officers within the state say the Delta variant is the main explanation for COVID-19 deaths in California. The extremely contagious pressure has additionally shut down Hollywood movie productions and return-to-office plans for tech firms like Twitter.

Rising concern in Florida

In South Florida, the place weekly experiences from the Florida Department of Health reveal that the rate of COVID-19 instances is rising whereas the variety of folks getting vaccines is dropping. That’s inflicting concern amongst public well being specialists. 

Aileen Marty, an infectious illness specialist at Florida International University, informed CBS Miami that the Delta variant is “far more contagious and produces more severe disease, behaviors that drive transmission also drive the production of newer and potentially more dangerous variants, and our cases are rising.”

Pandemic lockdowns have devastated the amusement park trade, inflicting an estimated $23 billion in losses, in line with Florida-based trade commerce group the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions. Amusement and theme park staff lost a minimum of $770 million in wages in 2020, the affiliation estimated.

Disney is the primary of the main U.S. amusement parks to deliver again indoor mask-wearing necessities. Cedar Point amusement park in Ohio requires masks indoors for visitors who are not totally vaccinated. Six Flags doesn’t mandate masks for any of its guests however says it recommends face coverings be worn by the unvaccinated. The similar goes for Busch Gardens areas in Florida and Virginia and Dollywood in Tennessee.

Masks are required for all visitors ages 2 and over at AdventureLand amusement park areas in New York, Rhode Island and Iowa.