The company made the announcement on its website Tuesday.
When Disney World reopened last July, it soon after amended its face mask policy to ban neck gaiters, open-chin triangle bandanas and face coverings with valves. Soon after that, it also made clear that face masks can only be removed when actively eating and drinking. Visitors who are 2 years old and up — including those who have received a COVID-19 vaccine — must wear face coverings at all times.
However, Disney World said Tuesday that customers will be allowed to temporarily take off their masks while posing for outdoor photos beginning Thursday.
Disney World did not comment further on what prompted the updated guidelines, which now say that “face coverings must be worn at all times except when dining or swimming,” or taking photos outside.
In December, Disney World got called out for doctoring photos of maskless guests on rides by superimposing face wear onto visitors, which park-goers are required to wear, in line with anti-COVID mandates.
“We are no longer doing this and continue to expect guests to wear face coverings except when actively eating or drinking while stationary,”
a Disney World rep said at the time, adding that the company is “taking every precaution they can to assure they stay open.”