Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida has already allowed visitors to remove their masks while taking photos and will stop temperature checks starting May 16.  Now, the theme park is loosening its social distancing restrictions. 

The social distancing change will happen gradually, starting with the parking lots at each of the parks and Disney Springs. The change, which is reflected by a change of information on the official Disney website, was first reported by Walt Disney News Today

Instead of “Cars will be directed to park in every other parking space at the theme parks,” the website now says “Cashless payment is recommended at the auto plazas,” in a section denoting parking guidelines. 

The COVID-19 guidelines page on the site also used to include a “6ft 2m” symbol in the distance arrows, which no longer appears. 

“Temporary adjustments are still in place to promote physical distancing. While we will reduce physical distancing measures for Guests across many areas with a gradual, phased approach, six-feet distancing measures will continue in all dining locations, merchandise stores and in areas where Guests can temporarily remove their masks,” the new verbiage explains. 

Disney is following in the footsteps of Universal Orlando, which previously reduced their distancing requirements from six feet to three feet.

The Walt Disney World theme park in Orlando, Florida (pictured June 2016) has opened its shopping strip as part of Florida's gradual reopening after weeks of coronavirus lockdown The Walt Disney World theme park in Orlando, Florida (pictured June 2016) has opened its shopping strip as part of Florida's gradual reopening after weeks of coronavirus lockdown Photo: AFP / Brendan Smialowski