Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Intends to Ban Mask Mandates at Disney World

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In the latest news from Florida, Governor Ron DeSantis intends to put an end to the ability to enforce mask mandates in the state.

The last few years with the pandemic have been a series of ups and downs. And these have been apparent with the Central Florida Disney Resort. As a soon-to-be formerly self-governing entity, Disney previously  required Cast Members and Guests to wear masks and reportedly enforced vaccine mandates—something they are currently facing lawsuits from former employees who argue they were wrongfully terminated for. Even when Disney began loosening their restrictions, that was—on paper—only for Guests who were “fully vaccinated.”

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Mickey and Minnie Mouse at the Magic Kingdom/Courtesy of Disney

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, at the time, took measures to protect employees from being fired for refusing to become fully vaccinated against COVID-19. From the beginning, DeSantis has stressed that he believed in “making sure that people have a right to earn a living” and that “[They would be] respecting people’s individual freedom.”

DeSantis is recalling that same idea in his latest remarks and proposed legislation, as reported by ABC News. The Florida Governor has announced that he intends to introduce legislation that will “prevent employment decisions based on COVID-19 vaccination status and prevent schools or businesses from requiring face coverings.”

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis / Courtesy of Twitter/@GovRonDeSantis

As reported in the article,

“When the world lost its mind, Florida was a refuge of sanity, serving strongly as freedom’s linchpin,” DeSantis said in a statement. “These measures will ensure Florida remains this way and will provide landmark protections for free speech for medical practitioners.”

While previously, this kind of legislation may have once not applied to Walt Disney World, with the dissolution of Reedy Creek that will go into effect this summer, this legislation, if passed, will also affect the Disney Resort, irrespective of what the Burbank-based corporate conglomerate has to say about it.

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While at present, this has been introduced as Governor DeSantis’s intention, it remains to be seen how this will progress into legislation and how it will therefore impact the Walt Disney World Resort and Guests at its Theme Parks: Magic Kingdom Park, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

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About Priyanka Kumar

Priyanka is a writer, artist, avid reader, and travel enthusiast based in Chicago. In her free time, she is probably walking by the lake, catching up on the latest releases on TV, or spending inordinate amounts of time rewatching Moana, Encanto, and her Disney Channel life-long favorites Zack and Cody wreak havoc on the Tipton.

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