Disney World & Disneyland Reinstate Indoor Mask Mandate for Guests and Staff

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If you’re heading to one of Disney’s two U.S. theme parks, you better pack your mask.

Disneyland in Anaheim, California, and Walt Disney World in Orlando will be reinstating their indoor mask mandate on Friday, July 30, PEOPLE can confirm, requiring all guests and staff members to wear a facial covering while indoors.

This rule will apply to all enclosed attractions, transportation systems (like shuttles, buses, monorails and the Disney Skyliner), stores, restaurants (when not actively eating or drinking) and more. It will also apply to everyone, whether they are vaccinated against COVID-19 or not.

“We are adapting our health and safety guidelines based on guidance from health and government officials, and will require Cast Members and Guests ages 2 and up, to wear face coverings in all indoor locations at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort beginning Friday, July 30, regardless of vaccination status,” a representative for Disney tells PEOPLE.

Masks will still remain optional for guests in outdoor areas.

The reissuing of the indoor mask mandate at these high-traffic parks comes on the heels of a surge in COVID-19 cases in the U.S., due in part to the highly contagious Delta variant.

On Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new guidelines for indoor mask wearing, saying that in areas where COVID-19 is surging, all people — even those who have been fully vaccinated — should wear masks indoors, due to new science regarding the Delta variant.

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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Hannah Chubb