Disney World near Orlando, Florida, operated by Walt Disney Co (DIS.N), has put its mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy on hold, a spokesperson for the company said on Saturday.
The move comes just as the Biden administration implemented a workplace COVID-19 vaccine rule, which requires businesses with at least 100 employees to require staff to get a COVID-19 job or be tested weekly and wear a face covering at work.
Local TV station Fox 35 reports a cast member at the resort complex confirmed the news.
A Disney spokesperson had earlier told Reuters by email: “We believe that our approach to mandatory vaccines has been the right one as we have continued to focus on the safety and well-being of our Cast Members and Guests.”
“At this point, more than 90% of active Florida-based Cast Members have already verified that they are fully vaccinated,” the spokesperson added.
Walt Disney Co had originally made vaccination mandatory on July 30 for all its on-site salaried and non-union hourly employees in the United States.