Disney will again require masks in Florida and California parks

A woman wears a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) mask, following the CDC’s recommendation that fully vaccinated Americans wear masks because the highly transmissible Delta variant has led to an increase in infections, as it enters Disney Store in Time

Walt Disney Co. is requiring masks to be worn indoors again at its Florida and California theme parks as the resurgence of the coronavirus delays America’s push to return to normal life.

Disney, the world’s largest theme park operator, reopened its Florida resorts last year and its California parks in April. He and other resort operators lifted mask requirements for vaccinated guests in early summer as inoculations increased nationwide.

Now the more infectious delta variant is pushing the number of cases up as vaccination rates have slowed. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidelines this week to recommend that even vaccinated people wear masks indoors in areas where case levels are rising.

Beginning Friday, all theme park visitors ages 2 and older will be required to wear masks in all indoor locations, regardless of their vaccination status, Disney said in an emailed statement.

The entertainment giant joins other companies reinstating mask mandates, including Apple Inc., which will require them in most of its U.S. stores for customers and staff.

Google announced on Wednesday that it would push back the return of its official office to mid-October and require workers on its campuses to get vaccinated. Lyft Inc. postponed its return date to February, while Twitter Inc. closed its recently reopened offices.

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