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A pre-opening will be held for team members on June 1 and June 2 to practice the new health and safety procedures
The reopening will be careful and hygiene measures for workers and visitors will be extreme.
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Universal Parks & Resorts announced Friday its plans to begin the phased opening of Universal Orlando Resort starting June 5.
The reopening will be with a wide range of new procedures and with best health, safety, and hygiene practices based on official health standards to avoid contagion of COVID-19.
In this new stage, Universal will have the support of the Governor of FloridaRon DeSantis and Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings, who recommended to the governor to approve the company’s plans on Friday.
Universal Orlando, closed since March 16, will reopen in phases, while monitoring local health conditions and working with health authorities.
Universal CityWalk Orlando It reopened on May 14 with new health, safety and hygiene procedures, an experience it will put into practice when it opens its theme parks.
The reopening will include Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, and Universal’s Volcano Bay.
Public visits during this period will be carefully managed and controlled, so Universal will schedule training for its team members on its new procedures.
A pre-opening will be held for team members on June 1 and June 2 to practice and refine the new procedures.
Subsequently, a limited number of visitors will be invited on June 3 and June 4. And the opening for the public will be on June 5, where Universal will continue to control the number of daily visits.
“We want to invite visitors back to our theme parks in a cautious and considerate manner,” said Tom Williams, President and CEO of Universal Parks & Resorts. “We have put in place new health and safety protocols for our team members and visitors. We have worked hard to ensure that our visitors can enjoy their time with their families and friends. To do this the right way, we need everyone’s help. ”
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Universal Orlando’s new procedures will cover three areas: evaluation, space, and sanitation.
Key measures for reopening:
– Visitors and team members are required to wear masks and maintain the rules of social distancing.
– Visitors to the park, as well as members of the Universal team, will be required to check the temperature before entering the premises. Those with temperatures above 100º F (38º C) or more will not be allowed to enter.
In addition to the above, visitors will find:
– Staggered parking.
– Controlled and reduced visits.
– Controlled and reduced capacity at attractions, shows and restaurants.
– Some areas and events will be closed for now.
– Increased cleaning and disinfection in food places, amusement vehicles, restrooms and other frequent “touch points” that go beyond Universal’s already rigid protocols.
– Social distancing in all the places around the park, inside the attractions, lines and restaurants
Universal hotels form an important part of the visitor experience. Their reopening plans are being finalized and details will be shared soon.
The company added that all visitors should assess their own risk prior to their visit, and it is recommended that older adults or individuals at high risk or with serious underlying medical conditions not visit the site.