With COVID-19 restrictions being lifted across California Tuesday, the Disneyland Resort will no longer mandate that fully vaccinated guests wear face masks.
Since the park won’t be verifying anyone’s vaccination status, in practice, no Disneyland guest will be required to wear a mask. The new Disneyland policy states:
Guests (ages 2 and up) who are not fully vaccinated must continue wearing face coverings indoors, except when dining.
While Guests will not be required to show proof of vaccination, vaccinated Guests will self-attest that they are in compliance prior to entry. In addition, all Guests will need to attest that they are aware of the State of California’s strong recommendation that guests be fully vaccinated or receive a negative COVID-19 test prior to entering the theme parks when making their Disneyland Resort theme park reservations.
Like Walt Disney World, the one exception will be transportation. All guests who travel on busses from Disneyland’s Toy Story Lot will have to wear face masks when the parking lot reopens on June 18.
Disneyland will also be getting rid of temperature screenings and physical distancing requirements, saying it will allow guests to “self-determine distancing.” Reservations, however, will still be needed to get into Disneyland’s two theme parks.
“As we have realized the benefits of reservations in helping to manage guest visitation and provide an even better experience, our reservation system will continue and we will gradually increase attendance as our operations allow,” Dr. Pamela Hymel, Disney Parks’ chief medical officer, said in a letter to Disneyland employees.
For those who work at Disneyland, little will change come Tuesday. Masks and six-feet physical distancing will still be required for employees.
The quick rollback of COVID-19 rules may be less noticeable at Disneyland because the park saw them for only a limited amount of time. Whereas Disney World reopened in July 2020 with a mask mandate, physical distancing markers and capacity limits, Disneyland didn’t welcome back guests until April 30 — months after COVID-19 vaccines began being distributed. In fact, Tuesday will be the first day that out-of-state guests are allowed at Disneyland parks since they closed in mid-March 2020, just after COVID-19 was declared a pandemic.
As of Monday, 56.3 percent of California residents have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 47.1 percent are fully vaccinated, including 76 percent of all residents aged 65 and over.