A performer disguised as Mickey Mouse entertains guests during the reopening of the Disneyland theme park in Anaheim, California, the United States, on Friday, April 30, 2021.
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The Walt Disney Company said Friday that all employees and non-union workers in the U.S. must be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus by the end of September.
Employees still working from home must provide proof of vaccination prior to returning to Disney locations, including theme parks and offices.
Disney said it has started talks with the unions representing its other employees, particularly those who work in its theme parks.
“Vaccines are the best tool we all have to control this global pandemic and protect our employees,” the company said in a statement.
The notification comes shortly after Disney announced that theme park guests must wear masks while at indoor locations in his home theme parks, regardless of vaccination status.
This policy was introduced after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reversed course and Recommended that fully vaccinated individuals wear masks again indoors in places with high Covid transmission rates. This Hot spots include states like California and Florida where Disney’s US parks are.
The CDC warned Thursday that the Delta variant, which sweeps the country, is as contagious as chickenpox. It also has a longer transmission window than the original Covid-19 strain and can make the elderly sicker even if they have been fully vaccinated.
Disney has updated its safety guidelines in line with local health regulations since the pandemic began, both domestically and internationally. Most recently, the company required proof of a Covid vaccination or a negative Covid test before entering its Paris amusement park according to French guidelines.