Over the weekend, Disney World joined many cities and states across the country in officially banning masks with one-way valves, as well as any cloth coverings with holes. In its efforts to keep Guests and Cast Members safe at its Florida Parks and Resorts, Disney made the following additions to its mask policy:
At this time, neck gaiters, open-chin triangle bandanas and face coverings containing valves, mesh material or holes of any kind are not acceptable face coverings.
Face coverings are intended to reduce the transfer of respiratory droplets, and exhalation valves and materials with holes do not adequately filter air that is exhaled.
With the ongoing release of research regarding COVID-19 safety protocols such as masks, Disney has continued to update their policies accordingly. Forbes recently noted findings that “the non-compliant masks have a one-way valve that allows your exhaled air to pass through a small round or square filter disk attached to the front of the mask,” prompting many areas and businesses in the United States to ban the wearing of masks with holes.