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Disney World forces all kids over 2 to wear face masks in Covid crackdown

Disney World will require visitors aged 2 and over to wear masks indoors in its US parks from Friday.

Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland California will make face coverings mandatory inside restaurants, indoor attractions and on park transports.

Previously guests were exempt from the rules if they were double-jabbed, though no evidence was typically required.

However, the park's new rules won't take into account the vaccination status of ticket-holders.

The entertainment giant's theme park empire includes Magic Kingdom in Florida, the world's most visited theme park.

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Almost 4m Brits visit America each year, with many choosing Florida and its gigantic Disney parks as their destination.

But the US has held out on its 18-month ban on non-essential entry to the country from Europe.

On this side of the pond theme parks set their own face covering policies.

Chessington World of Adventures near London and Alton Towers in the Midlands recommend but do not require masks in crowded areas.

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Disney's U-turn follows an uptick in cases throughout America, with the Delta variant thought to pose a threat to the country's gradual return to normality.

The country's Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported rising cases in more than 90% of states and territories, with the current 7-day average of new cases now exceeding 60k.

That's a 64% rise on last week.

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The last 24h saw a striking 135k new cases.

Earlier this year the CDC controversially advised that fully vaccinated Americans no longer needed to wear masks indoors.

It has since backtracked somewhat on the advice, stating that two-thirds of US counties had high enough case rates to warrant mandatory indoor masking.

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