Bob Chapek Expects Disney Parks to Ease Mask Mandate and Social Distancing Requirements by 2022

During today’s financial result call for Q1, Disney CEO Bob Chapek stated that he expects the current mask and social distancing requirements at the Disney Parks to not exist by 2022.

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.

Bob Chapek, Disney CEO

Now to clarify, we don’t believe he was saying that there will be no COVID related rules remaining at all, but rather than there may not be a need for everyone to wear a mask and distancing of 6 feet from others could be reduced. Chapek did state that he expected the current rules to be in place for the remainder of 2021.

Walt Disney World currently requires masks for all guests over the age of 2 and ask guests to remain physically distanced from each other at all times. Guests also can only remove their masks to eat or drink while distanced from others.