The data are clear and consistent — wearing a mask helps prevent the spread of COVID. Whether masks are required or not, and how well people comply with voluntary or required mask rules can vary wildly depending where you are in the United States. Since its reopening, Walt Disney World has had specific mask requirements that are enforced by Cast Members, and so compliance is high.
Here at TouringPlans, we love data, and so in addition to other data that we collect in the parks, we’ve been collecting mask compliance data. Recently, Forbes Magazine interviewed Len Testa of TouringPlans to discuss mask compliance at Walt Disney World and how the numbers play out.
Every day, Testa’s team picks a random location at a random Disney World theme park and counts 500 people. “Of those 500 people, we determine how many were wearing their masks exactly according to Disney’s mask guidelines,” explains Testa. That means wearing a face covering that is secure and covers the nose and mouth. “And the only time that you can take it off is when you are actively eating or drinking while stationary, not while walking around or in a ride queue,” he says.
At Epcot last Wednesday, compliance was 99%, which Testa says is pretty typical. “Also, when mask compliance isn’t 100%, it’s not like somebody’s walking around all day without a mask,” he says. “It’s generally someone walking who pulls the mask down for a second, takes a sip of soda, and puts it right back on.”
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