ORLANDO, Fla. – SeaWorld has adjusted its face mask policy for some of its parks, becoming the latest theme park operator in Central Florida to do so.
What You Need To Know
- SeaWorld has modified it face mask policy
- Fully vaccinated visitors will no longer be required to wear masks
- The change applies to SeaWorld Orlando, Aqautica Orlando, Discovery Cove
- Also applies to SeaWorld's parks in San Antonio
Face masks will no longer be required for fully-vaccinated guests at SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica Orlando or Discovery Cove, the company said late Friday. And SeaWorld will not require proof of vaccination, instead asking guests to “respectfully comply” with the revised policy.
All SeaWorld employees (known as ambassadors) will still be required to wear face masks.
“We will continue to monitor and address this changing environment as necessary,” SeaWorld said in a statement to Spectrum News.
The change comes after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidance Thursday, saying fully-vaccinated people did not need to wear mask when indoors and outdoors in most circumstances.
SeaWorld’s updated face mask policy differs from its competitors Universal Orlando and Disney World, who also modified their policies on Friday. Universal said it would no longer require visitors to wear a mask when outdoors, but masks will still be required indoors and at attractions. Similarly, Disney is making masks optional for outdoor areas. However, they are still required for indoor locations and throughout attractions, theaters and transportation.
SeaWorld said its policy change also applies to its parks in San Antonio. However, guests at SeaWorld San Diego and Aquatica San Diego will still be required to wear masks because of mandates in California.