According to the initial guidelines, guests had to wear masks unless they were at one of the “relaxation stations” located throughout the park, swimming, eating, or drinking. That meant that chowing down on a Dole Whip while walking from Frontierland to Tomorrowland was technically not against the rules even though it’s obviously not exactly safe or considerate.
So Disney changed the rules.
When they enter the park, guests are now being told that they have to eat and drink in one spot, located at least six feet away from others. In other words, the days of sipping on blue milk en route to Rise of the Resistance are over, at least while COVID-19 policies remain in effect.
Disney World’s official policy now says that “You may remove your face covering while actively eating or drinking, but you should be stationary and maintain appropriate physical distancing.”
The new rule applies at all of Disney’s Florida parks, all four of which are now open at limited capacity. And while it’s yet to reopen, we can only imagine that the same rule will also be adopted in California. if and when Disneyland.
It’s still kind of nuts that people are going to Disney World while Florida’s coronavirus numbers sharply spike, but it’s still a good thing that the park is tightening up its alreadypretty tight rules by closing loopholes like this one.