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Chapek: No Mask Mandate or Social Distancing by 2022

By Tom Hartley, ThemeParkShark.com Editor and Co-founder

Updated 7:46 AM EDT, Sat February 13, 2021


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Disney CEO Bob Chapek in an investor call yesterday explained what he sees in the future for the companies US theme parks in terms of face masks and social distancing.

Walt Disney World located in Orlando, Florida currently requires all guests over the age of 2 to wear masks at all times except when eating or drinking. Guests are also required to remain physically distanced from each other.

Chapek stated that he expects the current mask policy to remain in place for 2021.

“Yeah, I won’t specifically comment on whether we anticipate getting to 2019 revenues by 2022.”

“But I will tell you what our expectations are in terms of the state of the world by then.”

“We have no doubt, and when we reopen up in parks that were closed, or increase the capacity, that we’ll have some level of social distancing and mask-wearing for the remainder of this year.”

“That’s our expectation. But, I believe that Dr. Fauci said earlier today that he hopes that there are vaccines for everyone who wants them by April this year. If that happens, that is a game-changer.”

“And that could accelerate our expectations, and give people the confidence that they need to come back to the parks.”

“Will there be overlap until we know that we have herd immunity? Sure there will. But do we believe we’ll be in the same state of 6-foot social distance and mask-wearing in 22? Absolutely not.”


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Tom Hartley

Tom is a theme park fanatic hailing all the way across the pond in the United Kingdom.

After visiting and experiencing everything that the theme park's offer in the UK, he has concluded his favourite to be Alton Towers located in Staffordshire.

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