This just in — Universal Orlando Resort has just announced brand new guidelines to help with health precautions for all of their team members and visitors.
Due to the current global pandemic, things will be a bit different when Universal Orlando reopens to the public. One of the changes will be the fact that, according to Click Orlando, beginning on Friday, May 1, 2020, Universal will take the temperatures of all employees, contractors, vendors, and other business visitors before they enter the property. This news comes from a letter sent to employees by Bill Davis, President, and COO of Universal Orlando Resort.
If any of the visitors has a temperature of 99.9 degrees or higher, that visitor will not be allowed to enter the property or any of the off-site locations. They will need to wait at least 72 hours before trying to return, Bill Davis’ letter stated.
“Before traveling to property, you should assess yourself for any symptoms, including checking your temperature: we don’t want you to put yourself or others at risk,” Davis wrote. “Regardless of your temperature, if you are not feeling well or have any symptoms, including mild cold symptoms, you should not come to property! We encourage anyone in this situation to seek medical attention as they deem appropriate.”
Davis also directed the employees reading the letter to visit the company’s Resort Closure Team Member information page for further instructions and for more information regarding this procedure.
You can read the letter issued to the Universal Orlando team members, here.
This isn’t the only news that broke from Universal Orlando today. This morning, Universal Orlando announced the pause of construction on the Epic Universe Park due to the current pandemic. You can read more about this here.
More On Temporary Closures and Protocols For Reopening Parks
On April 28, 2020 the Florida Task Force discussed recommend guidelines for various businesses for reopening — including the Disney Parks and Universal Orlando. You can read more about the reopening guidelines here.
Places such as Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando should take the following guidelines when reopening:
- Tape marking of 6 feet apart in ride/attraction queues to encourage social distancing
- Staff regularly wipe down surfaces
They also discussed things such as temperature checks (which Bob Iger has already recommended), touchless hand sanitizer at each ticketing entry and exit as well as at each ride and attraction, as well as employees must wear face masks at all times.
During Phase 1 of the theme parks reopening — Places such as Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando may reopen at a 50% capacity. Once Phase 2 hits, the capacity can expand to 75%.
Do you plan on visiting the theme parks when they reopen? Let us know in the comments.