Memo: Disney pauses COVID-19 vaccine mandate in Florida

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The Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World is seen at the theme park, Aug. 30, 2021, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux, file)

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Disney has paused its policy requiring Florida-based employees to take the COVID-19 vaccine following new laws passed by the state’s legislature last week that limit employers’ power to require vaccinations.

The company informed employees in a memo sent Friday that it paused the requirement due to the state legislature’s action during a special session last week.

The company also cited an appeal court’s temporary delay of federal vaccination guidelines from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

The company said in a statement that more than 90% of Florida-based Disney employees are fully vaccinated.

Employees who aren’t fully vaccinated will be required to wear face coverings and observe social distancing.

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