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, according to a memo sent to employees.
The company informed employees in a memo sent Friday that it has paused the requirement due to the state legislature’s action during a special session last week, and because of an appeal court’s temporary delay of federal vaccination guidelines from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Orlando Sentinel reported.
“We believe that our approach to mandatory vaccines has been the right one as we’ve continued to focus on the safety and well-being of our Cast Members and Guests, and at this point, more than 90 percent of active Florida-based Cast Members have already verified that they are fully vaccinated. We will address legal developments as appropriate,” Disney said in a statement Monday afternoon.
The memo states that any Disney employees not fully vaccinated would be asked to cover their faces and follow safety protocol.
The newspaper also reported that the company had halted the review of exemption requests. According to the memo, any employees still in the process of vaccine verification will not be considered vaccinated.
The non-union worker had until Sept. 28 for the course to be completed. Union employees were able to sign a contract with the company, and they could be vaccinated until October 22.
Republican Florida Governor. Ron DeSantis signed the bills last Thursday. He requires companies to permit workers to agree to routine testing and wear protective gear in order to avoid mandatory vaccinations. These new laws permit religious or medical exemptions. Disney was already allowed to include them in its mandate.