As states begin to loosen coronavirus-related restrictions, Universal Orlando has decided to reopen its doors on June 5. The famed Florida resort and theme park has been closed since mid-March due to the spread of COVID-19.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force — comprised of 44 members of the business community including Disney executives and the CEO of Orlando Magic — unanimously voted to approve Universal’s targeted reopening date. The resort will start with employees and then invited guests on June 1 and 3 respectively. By June 5, the attraction hopes to open to the general public.
A number of new rules will be enforced in order to prevent infection. Visitors and employees of the resort and theme park are required to wear face masks and submit to temperature checks. Valet parking, interactive play and mist areas and post-show character meet-and-greets will be temporarily suspended. Restaurants will use single-use paper menus and encourage credit card transactions in favor of cash. Those standing in line for rides and food must stand six feet apart in compliance with social distancing recommendations.
Though Universal Orlando is proceeding with reopening, Disney Parks have not yet announced specifics regarding its future plans.
- The Hollywood Reporter