The local TV station in Orlando Flordia FOX 35 reported on November 20, 2021, it obtained a copy of an internal Disney memo distributed to cast members addressing changes to its COVID-19 vaccine policy.
The Disney memo says more than 90% of Florida cast members have verified they are fully vaccinated.
The company's response to its COVID-19 vaccine policy update is inserted below:
'As you know, in July 2021, the company announced that based on the recommendations of scientists, health officials, and our medical professionals that the COVID-19 vaccine provides the best defense against the virus, the company was implementing a mandatory vaccination policy.
Under our policy, all U.S.-based salaried and hourly non-union employees, as well as employees covered by a collective bargaining agreement that adopts this policy, are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of their continued employment.
The company's view of the wisdom of that approach has not changed.
"Due to the passage this week of a new Florida law on employer vaccine mandates, and the federal OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard mandating the vaccine being stayed, we must pause the enforcement of our policy for Florida-based Cast Members and employees.
"As we assess the full impact of this new legislation, we are immediately pausing the enforcement of our mandatory vaccination policy for Florida-based Cast Members and employees until further notice.
"All Florida-based Cast Members and employees who have not verified full vaccination will be required to follow our safety protocols for unvaccinated Cast Members, including face coverings and physical distancing.
"While Florida-based Cast Members and employees do not currently have to verify vaccination status, they may still do so through the TrustAssure process.
Cast Members and employees who do not verify vaccination status through the TrustAssure process will be considered unvaccinated.
"All pending requests by Florida-based Cast Members and employees for an accommodation exempting them from the company's vaccine mandate will be considered on hold for the time being and will not be evaluated by the company.
Should the company later resume its accommodations process in Florida, pending accommodation requests will be evaluated at that time."
Regarding Disney customers, the company website says: Please make sure that you have reviewed any advisories or restrictions that may be in place for travel to Florida. There is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present.
Visit https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/travelers/ for information.