The mask-free zones — each of which is called the U-Rest Area — allow guests to socially distance from each other while removing their masks for a short period of time while they are in the space. The U-Rest Areas are located in Universal Studios park, Islands of Adventure park, and Universal CityWalk.
There are signs posted throughout each U-Rest Area instructing guests what they are allowed to do:
Please enjoy this U-Rest Area
You may remove your face covering while in this area
Be safe and practice social distancing for the health and safety of our Guests and Team Members
Keep 6 feet (2 meters) between your travel party and other Guests
Enjoy your day at Universal Orlando Resort
Currently, it’s unclear how long guests are allowed to stay within each of the rest areas in Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, or Universal CityWalk, but we will update Inside the Magic when we know more information.
Signage in U-Rest Areas at Universal Orlando Resort parks. pic.twitter.com/MT3ZYeEARw
— bioreconstruct (@bioreconstruct) June 3, 2020
NEW: Universal has debuted a U·REST area at CityWalk to give guests an opportunity to remove their masks. pic.twitter.com/lAiN83M07z
— Orlando Informer (@OrlandoInformer) June 2, 2020
In addition to CityWalk's, there is also now a U•Rest area in Universal Studios Florida. At these areas, guests can rest and take off their masks. pic.twitter.com/9RDeczltAC
— Orlando Informer (@OrlandoInformer) June 3, 2020
The news of Universal Orlando Resort offering rest areas comes weeks after Walt Disney World Resort announced they would be offering mask-free “relaxation zones.”
Walt Disney World Senior Vice President of Operations Jim MacPhee shared that the Disney World theme parks will feature “relaxation zones” where guests can remove their face coverings for a period of time.
MacPhee did not give details about how many of these areas will be in each Disney World theme park, but it does seem that Guests will be able to get a periodic reprieve from their face coverings in the Florida heat.
We will update Inside the Magic with more information on Disney World’s mask-free “relaxation zones” as soon as Disney shares an update regarding how they will be implemented when the theme parks reopen. But considering how the U-Rest Areas are being implemented at Universal Orlando Resort, we expect they may be similar at Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, EPCOT, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.