It's official now. The Universal Orlando Resort will reopen to the public on June 5. The resort will operate with limited capacity and reduced operating hours when it returns, in an effort to help maintain physical distancing between guests and slow the spread of the continuing Covid-19 pandemic.
"This carefully managed reopening comes with stringent new health, safety and hygiene procedures in place. So, as we enjoy our parks together again, everyone will need to follow CDC guidelines and the recommendations of health officials, and Universal Orlando’s policies. Note that any public location where people are present provides an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 and we cannot guarantee that you will not be exposed during your visit," the resort posted on its website.
"We want to invite guests back to our theme parks in a cautious and thoughtful way," Universal Parks & Resorts Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Tom Williams said. "We have put new health and safety procedures in place for both our team members and guests. And we have worked hard to make sure our guests can enjoy their time with family and friends. Doing this the right way will take all of us — and we need everyone’s help. Guests should follow our guidelines and continue to follow the recommendations of the CDC and health officials."
The resort has published the following hours of operation in a press release:
As has been the case at CityWalk since it reopened last week, parking will be staggered and guests will have to both pass a temperature check and wear a mask when visiting Universal Orlando. (Update - I thought this was obvious, but Universal has gone ahead and clarified that masks will not be worn while on water rides.) Visitors should download the official Universal Orlando app before visiting, as they will need it access the Virtual Line that Universal now will be using for many attractions, as well as for mobile ordering and contactless payment for food and beverages inside the parks.
In addition to making six-foot spacing in queues, Universal will be reducing capacity on its attractions with staggered spaces on ride vehicles. This may result in longer wait times even though fewer guests will be admitted to the parks. Universal will announce which specific locations will, or will not, be available before the parks' reopening.
Guests will be required to use hand sanitizer before boarding any ride vehicles and team members will hand out glasses on 3D rides and shows.
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