If you are visiting Central Florida during the current COVID-19 pandemic to enjoy all the attractions, parks, and food, both Disney World and Universal Orlando have to offer, making sure that your travel to and from Orlando is safe is a priority.
Traveling during the pandemic can be a scary time, especially considering the majority of airlines are now sitting passengers in every seat, and tourism is beginning to pick up — especially in Orlando.
At MCO (Orlando International Airport), all travelers must have an approved face mask on at all times, as well as on the flight as it is now federal law. The only time people are permitted to remove their masks is when actively eating or drinking, which means that masks can come down when consuming food or drink while seated at a gate, but must go right back on until the next bite or sip is ready to be taken.
Most recently, it seems MCO is tired of those who are not complying with the rules and is taking to Twitter to call them out. Orlando International Airport (@MCO) Tweeted:
WE’RE SAYING IT LOUDER FOR THE PEOPLE AT THE GATE AREA: if you are not actively eating or drinking, please #MaskUp for those around you. Thank you.
It seems from the image and caption in the Tweet that some passengers may be taking advantage of having a drink with them when waiting to board their flight, keeping their mask down just because they have a drink in hand.
At both Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Orlando Resort, mask wear is enforced and required for all Guests. Cast Members and Team Members actively patrol proper face-covering protocol at both theme parks, which is great news for many Guests and theme park employees considering the parks are ensuring that safety comes first.
At Disney World, a new policy has been put into place to enforce mask wear even stronger. Now, just like at Disneyland Resort, Disney World has clarified that Guests cannot remove their masks at a dining location unless they are actively eating or drinking.
This means that Guests are asked to keep their masks on until their server has brought their drink order or food order to the table. When not dining at a restaurant, theme park Guests are allowed to remove their masks to eat or drink in a designated area — you cannot walk while eating or drinking.