Universal Orlando and Universal Studios Hollywood announced today that they are extending their temporary closures from mid-April through the entire month of May.
The two properties were scheduled to reopen on April 19, but government orders in California and Florida were going to make those reopenings impossible.
"We are extending the closure of Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood through at least May 31," Universal said in a statement posted on its websites. "This includes our theme parks and Universal CityWalk at both destinations. The Universal Orlando Resort hotels have also temporarily suspended operations through this time period."
Last night, Universal Studios Japan extended its closure, as well, announcing that a decision will not be made about a reopening date until mid-May at the earliest.
The closures further delay the opening of The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash! at Universal Studios Hollywood, which was scheduled to soft open to annual passholders the day after that park began its closure on March 13. Meanwhile, Universal Orlando Resort was preparing to open its Bourne Stuntacular show at Universal Studios Florida, while Universal Studios Japan was moving toward a summer opening for its Super Nintendo World land. Neither of those attractions has an official opening date yet and are not likely to get them until the parks reopen.
As for Universal's team members, the company had announced that it would pay its employees through April 19. Effective April 20, team members will receive 80 percent of their pay, with hours adjusted accordingly. However, starting May 3, Universal will furlough its part-time, hourly team members. Benefits will continue to be provided to participating team members, with Universal paying their contributions on their behalf. This is according to a letter from Universal Parks Chairman Tom Williams posted on the Universal team website.Tweet
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