Updated: Disney World Mask Rules Change Again

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Disney World is again tightening up its mask policies after further review of guest activity.

With so many evolutions of the rules, we thought you could use an easy run-down for face-covering regulations. We will update as the mask regulations continue to develop.

1. No Gaiters

Masks can not be gaiter-type scarves or bandannas. Face coverings must be secured with ties or ear loops. Gaiter-type masks were sold in some third-party shops in Disney Springs, but those are not for use in the parks.

But this rule is easy to follow. Grab one with loops from your fav Etsy seller, or get a super-cute It’s a Fan Girl World mask (like the one above).

2. Stationary Eating and Drinking

Guests eating and drinking may only remove masks if they are standing or sitting in one location, away from others. This rule was put in place due to many guests walking through the parks and resorts with their masks off while holding a drink or snack in their hands.

3. No Exhalation Valves or Holes

The latest rule to drop (on 07/26/20) was a ban on exhalation valves.

Masks with these valves are designed to allow quick-release of your exhaled breath. However, these are more suitable for situations where you only do not want to inhale dust or germs in the air.

Masks with exhalation valves are NOT equipped to protect others from your outgoing breath.

Disney added the following wording to their mask restrictions: “At this time, based on guidance from health authorities, neck gaiters, open-chin triangle bandanas and face coverings containing valves, mesh material or holes of any kind are not acceptable face coverings.”

4. Look at the Bright Side

Yzma Broccoli in teeth

OK, OK, not an official rule, but a little kindness and creativity go a long way, right? I mean, this is Disney, so let’s try to enjoy ourselves as much as possible, even if our smiles are covered by masks.

Good news … that mask also hides food in your teeth! Here are my other reasons why masks can be a good thing. Remember, you’re here to have the time of your life.

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Rain Blanken

Rain Blanken is the frying pan-wielding managing editor for WDW Magazine. She is a published author who has been working in digital media for 15 years. She is a DVC Member, WDW Annual Pass holder, former Disney Vacation Planner, and would live inside Boma if they would just stop checking under the tables at night. Chat with Rain on Instagram