Universal Orlando will no longer require indoor masks for fully vaccinated guests
ORLANDO, Florida. – Fully vaccinated Universal Orlando guests will no longer need to wear masks indoors as of Saturday, according to the resort.
Universal Orlando officials said the decision was based on new guidelines from the CDC. The announcement came weeks after the end of the temperature screenings at the resort entrance.
News 6 spoke to Julie McGeacky and Jennifer Nelson as they went to the Universal theme parks. The two were visiting from Alaska when they heard the news about the new mask policy.
“It’s super exciting, especially in the heat down here. It’ll be nice to make those face-to-face contacts with people again, ”said Nelson.
Universal Orlando announced the change to its mask policy in a statement that read in part, “While we will not require proof of vaccination, we expect our guests to adhere to this revised policy and wear face covers if they have not been vaccinated”. . “
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It is a request that some park visitors are already admitting that they will not comply.
“A mask can be annoying at times. We’re all healthy, I think we’re fine, ”said Blake Broussard.
Broussard and his group of Louisiana friends are in town visiting the Universal theme parks. They haven’t been vaccinated yet but have said they won’t be wearing a mask when they return to the theme parks on Saturday.
“I’ll just enjoy my time and not wear it, nor will I get vaccinated,” said Hin Cheramie.
According to a spokesman, employees, including those who are fully vaccinated, must continue to wear masks “for reasons of precaution”.
Universal’s security guidelines also state that guests are encouraged to continue to “keep a safe distance” between others.
The use of masks outdoors was discontinued two weeks ago based on updated guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At that time, all indoor locations, including restaurants and attractions, were required to wear masks.
The resort also stopped temperature screenings at the park entrances earlier this month.
It is not yet known when the parks will be fully utilized again.
“We always manage attendance to provide a safe and enjoyable guest experience, but plan to revert to pre-COVID attendance numbers if staff and operating conditions permit,” a spokesman said.
The disinfection measures in the parks will continue. More information on guidelines can be found here.
A spokesman for Universal said that employees tasked with enforcing masking and social distancing policies in the parks will be reassigned to other guest care roles.
As with some other theme parks, SeaWorld has already applied a similar mask policy. Disney still requires its guests to wear masks in some cases. According to the Disney website, “Face covering is optional in public outdoor areas at Walt Disney World Resort, but required when entering and during all attractions, theaters, and transportation.”
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