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SANTA ANA, Calif.
— New rules for amusement parks at Disneyland, Walt Disney World and Universal Studios say that visitors must wear masks while attending the parks, including for those who have medical conditions that might interfere with the use of an electronic device.
The guidelines, issued on Friday, were in response to reports of children and adults being injured at the parks after a deadly mass shooting in June.
Disney, Walt’s family entertainment and theme parks said the guidelines, which went into effect Sunday, will allow visitors to wear masks for those with medical conditions.
Those with respiratory problems, such as asthma, may be restricted to the area of the park and must stay in their vehicle.
“We want people to be aware of the safety precautions that we are taking and that our parks are taking,” Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Iger said at a press conference on Friday.
Universal, which owns the parks in Florida, Florida and Hawaii, said it will continue to monitor the safety of guests and staff.
Walt Disney Co., which has more than 4,500 parks in the United States, said the rules were part of a larger effort to better protect guests and employees.
Iger said that the guidelines will help protect guests from the “layers of risk” in the parks.
At least 15 people have died and dozens more were injured in shootings in the past week at the theme parks, the latest in a string of mass shootings that have claimed hundreds of lives.
Some states have passed new laws that allow people to carry concealed guns at amusement parks or at sporting events.
In a separate news conference Friday, Gov.
Scott Walker said that he believes a federal law should be in place that would require some amusement park security to be uniform, including masks, and require a “safety zone” to protect children from being hurt or killed.
At Disney theme parks in Orlando, the gunman, 26-year-old Omar Mateen, killed 49 people and wounded 53 others at the Orlando-based theme park, which hosts about 700,000 people a year.
Walker has repeatedly said that Florida is a “gun free zone” and said the state needs to pass new legislation to allow concealed guns in the state.
Scott Walker speaks at a news conference at Disney theme park in Orlando on April 6, 2021.
A gunman opened fire inside a crowded nightclub in Orlando late Friday night, killing 49 people.
An armed security guard in Orlando was among those killed.
Orlando police said they were investigating the shooting as a possible act of terrorism.
Federal officials said they would work with states to develop a common set of safety standards for amusement park visitors and employees and for security measures at the national parks.
They also said that federal law already requires a person with a concealed weapon to be in a designated “safety area.”
The United States has strict gun control laws, but there are few federal rules for where guns can be carried in public.