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Some Disney Pass Holder Updates, Covid-19 Vaccines, and More!

Hi everyone! I just have some pretty big updates I want to discuss with you guys! So, let’s get started, shall we?! At Walt Disney World, the officials said even if you get the COVID-19 vaccine, you will still have to wear a face covering at the parks.

The company made the announcement in a safety rules update.

“Face coverings are required for all Guests (ages 2 and up) and Cast Members, including those who have received a COVID-19 vaccine. Please bring your own face coverings and wear them at all times, except when dining or swimming.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, masks should still be worn even if someone is vaccinated. “Not enough information is currently available to say if or when CDC will stop recommending that people wear masks and avoid close contact with others to help prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19,” the CDC’s website said. “Experts need to understand more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide in real-world conditions before making that decision.” Disney, as well as other Orlando theme parks, have required visitors to wear face masks since reopening this past summer. Disney’s theme parks are still only allowing 35% capacity amid the coronavirus pandemic in order to help limit crowds.

Today, it was announced that Johnson & Johnson’s long-awaited, one shot vaccine was 66% effective against COVID-19 while Pfizer and Moderna’s are around 99%. Over 1.5 million people in Florida have been vaccinated so far, according to the state. I like the way Disney World still has guests wearing masks even though if they have been vaccinated! What do you guys think?

Disney World has released a new physical distancing rule for larger parties. The Walt Disney World website has been updated with a new policy for larger parties who are visiting Disney property.

The new statement posted on the site states that parties larger than 10 people should “split into smaller groups” to allow for increased physical distancing.

Temporary adjustments are in place to promote the physical distancing. Physical distancing measures may include:

Signage and Ground Markings

Physical barriers

Party size

Parking

Training

All of these adjustments should help with the physical distancing so that people don’t get infected by the virus.

The White House task force has announced their recommendation that Florida should close down its bars and restaurants.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is against this proposed sweep of closures, stating:

    We believe every job is essential. You work in a restaurant; we have your back. If you are a hair stylist, we protect your right to earn a living and if you are a parent, we ensure your kids have the right to in-person learning. Lockdowns do not work. Florida is currently in the red zone as far as hospitalizations go according to health officials, a large reason why the Biden administration is calling for these types of nonessential businesses to shut down.

So apparently, the White House wants the restaurants and bars to be shut down to help stop the spread of the pandemic, but the problem is that the Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is trying to prevent that from happening. Why is he trying to prevent restaurants and bars from closing down?!

Over at the Disneyland resort, they have announced that Annual Passholders who held active Passports as of March 14, 2020 will be designated as Disneyland Resort Legacy Passholders going forward.

As Disneyland announced when they cancelled their Annual Passholder program, those who had active passports as of March 14, 2020 will continue to receive discounts based on their passport type on merchandise and food & beverages at select Downtown Disney District and Buena Vista Street locations, until new membership offerings are announced.

Disneyland says they are working on adding more opportunities during this limited time as well, so be sure to keep an eye out for more information as it becomes available.

Disneyland has also said that the Annual Passes will be returning when they reopen again which would likely be in the Spring or Summer of this year. Hopefully!

All of this information came from the news I look at.

So, what do you guys think about all of this Disney news?!

I would like to hear some comments, thoughts, opinions, concerns, or questions down below!

Stay tuned for more Disney updates.

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