Responding to state and local health officials' recommendations, Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood and other theme parks will require guests to wear masks in all indoor settings, regardless of vaccination status.
State public health officials issued the recommendations Wednesday that all vaccinated Californians wear masks in public indoor settings in response to the continued surge of COVID-19 cases. The state had previously recommended that unvaccinated people continue to wear masks indoors.
Disneyland's website said the new mask requirement starts Friday. Face coverings will be required for all guests 2 years old and up while indoors, including on attractions and enclosed transportation vehicles. Face coverings will remain optional in outdoor areas of the theme park.
Disneyland had previously reminded park-goers that the state recommends that all visitors be vaccinated or take a COVID-19 test prior to visiting the park, but Disneyland employees have not been asking visitors for proof of status.
Universal Studios Hollywood and Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia began requiring masks for all guests, regardless of vaccination status, on July 18, in response to a mandate from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health that all residents wear masks in public indoor locations.
In a statement announcing the change, Six Flags Magic Mountain said: "It is still highly recommended that unvaccinated guests always wear a mask while in the park."
Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park still allows fully vaccinated park visitors to go without a mask, according to the park's website.
State and local health officials returned to recommending masks in indoor public settings in response to a surge of cases and hospitalizations across California driven by the spread of the Delta variant of the coronavirus. Vaccines have proved somewhat less effective against the variant, although the vast majority of hospitalizations and deaths have occurred among the unvaccinated.
The recommendation appears to be more expansive than the guidance issued Tuesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which advised people to wear masks while in public indoor areas only where community transmission is considered "substantial" or "high." Most of California falls into one of those categories, including the entire southern third of the state.©2021 Los Angeles Times. Visit at latimes.com. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.