Pandemic or not, if Walt Disney World makes a rule that you need to follow in their parks, you should probably follow it - unless you want more rules or more problems.
That said, the parks have just implemented a rule stating that park-goers must remain stationary while eating or drinking to promote social distancing and proper mask-wearing, News Channel 8 reports.
Walt Disney World parks have only been open for about a week, with EPCOT and Hollywood Studios only at the 5-day mark.
As early as opening day, they started making adjustments to their mask policies. Masks are required to be worn by all guests over 2 years old. You must wear a mask with ear loops, and 'neck wraps'/gaiter-styles don't count. You can take your mask off at designated 'relaxation zones'.
In regards to 'taking your mask off while eating and drinking', Walt Disney World noticed that people were using that loophole to walk around "eating" and "drinking" at all times with their masks off, and they have decided to take away that option.
In the update to WDW's official policy, you are still allowed to remove your mask to eat or drink, but you are asked to remain stationary while maintaining proper social distancing (at least 6 feet away from other people).
According to the new guidelines, face coverings are to be worn at all times "except when actively eating or drinking while stationary and physically distanced."
Florida has seen a dramatic spike in coronavirus cases over the last few weeks, with 12,478 additional cases reported on Sunday. The state's total not sits at over 350,000.