No Walking and Eating at Disney World! New Rules Force People to Wear Masks

( Disney World might have opened up again, but it isn’t the same fun atmosphere you’re used to. The park has been forced to take measures to reduce the spread of the Chinese coronavirus and while some of those measures might be accepted by their guests, some of the more recent initiatives have people raising their eyebrows.

Beyond wearing masks, having temperature checks, and washing hands, people are now banned from eating and walking at the same time while visiting the park. Eating ice cream? Find a bench and eat it there. Drinking a coke? Stop walking and go somewhere private.

According to the official policy of Disney World, face coverings are an absolute necessity for everyone in the park.

“Face coverings are required for all Guests (age 2 and up) and Cast Members,” the policy explained. “Please bring your own face coverings and wear them at all times, except when dining or swimming.”

So you’re good if you’re swimming in a pool full of other people, but you can’t eat a donut when walking from one ride to another.

“You may remove your face covering while actively eating or drinking, but you should be stationary and maintain appropriate physical distancing,” the policy continues. That means you must only take your mask off when eating and if you spend too long at a table eating without taking a bite, you have to put it back on.

The reason this is suddenly in the news is because prior to the “update” to the rules, people would bypass the face mask rule by holding food in their hand and walking with it. The new rule means that in order to eat you must be “stationary and physically distanced.” It means nobody can get away with not wearing a mask.

“This means no more munching Mickey pretzel or sipping drinks as you stroll,” the updated rules state.

That doesn’t sound like much fun!

According to Walt Disney World News Today, “Guests are now being asked to find a safe spot six feet away from other guests before removing their masks to eat and drink.”

Anyone who doesn’t comply with the rules will either be asked to put on a mask or asked to leave the resort.