Walt Disney World is putting its COVID-19 vaccine mandate on pause, a cast member tells FOX 35 News.
Disney says more than 90% of Florida cast members have verified they are fully vaccinated. Those who aren’t will be required to wear face masks and practice social distancing.
A statement from a Disney spokesperson said:
“We believe that our approach to mandatory vaccines has been the right one as we’ve continued to focus on the safety and well-being of our Cast Members and Guests, and at this point, more than 90 percent of active Florida-based Cast Members have already verified that they are fully vaccinated. We will address legal developments as appropriate.”
Disney World’s vaccine pause comes after Governor Ron DeSantis signed new legislation this week protecting workers from vaccine mandates. The office of Governor DeSantis has issued a statement about the update.
“As we would expect, Disney has amended its vaccination policy to comply with Florida law. We believe that all companies in Florida will likewise follow the law signed by Governor DeSantis this week. Nobody should lose his or her job over these mandates. Disney is a major employer in Florida, and we are proud that the “happiest place on Earth” is here in our state. Governor DeSantis’ leadership has saved countless jobs and livelihoods before this holiday season. We hope Disney and any other company that has suspended or terminated workers due to vaccine mandates will consider re-hiring them.”