Universal Orlando Lays Off Workers After Reopening

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Despite being open for a few weeks now, Universal Orlando has made the difficult decision to lay off an undisclosed number of workers.

According to Orlando Sentinel, “We have made the difficult decision to reduce our parks and resorts workforce across multiple locations and business units,” Universal spokesman Tom Schroder stated Tuesday evening.

At this time, we are unsure of exactly how many workers have been laid off as Schroder did not give an exact number. He did, however, say the affected workers are being offered severance pay, subsidized health benefits and professional reemployment assistance.

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“We are working to structure and strengthen our business for the future in anticipation of the tourism industry taking time to fully recover. In that regard, we have already taken important steps such as adjusting budgets and implementing salary reductions and furloughs,” Schroder said.

“This decision was not made lightly, but was necessary to prepare us for the future,” he said.

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More Information On Reopening Of Universal Orlando

Universal Orlando opened to the public on June 5 after months of closure due to the current global pandemic. In order to reopen to the public, the theme park had to make several changes and adjustments to keep the parks safe for their guests. One of these changes includes a virtual line system, which you can read more about here.

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If you plan on visiting Universal Orlando, here are some things they have put into place to keep everyone safe in compliance with the CDC Guidelines:

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  • A temperature check will be put into place upon arrival for both the team and guests before entry is allowed.
  • They will provide a free, disposable mask for guests if they do not bring their own.
  • Social distancing in queue lines, merchandise stores, food outlets, and more.
  • Keeping a safe attendance maximum that Universal will manage.
  • Reduce and/or eliminate mist elements from attractions.
  • Implementation of virtual lines.
  • Eliminating single rider lines.
  • Elimination of post-show meet and greets.
  • Restaurant menus will have single-use menus (paper). Once the guest is done with the menu, they will be disposed of.
  • Touchless ordering of food and contactless payments will be encouraged. (Minimization of cash use.)
  • Temperature checks and face coverings required for team members.
  • Ambassadors scattered throughout the park to help encourage sanitization, hand washing, and social distancing measures.

Have you visited Universal Orlando since they reopened? Let us know in the comments.

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