The Center for Disease Control recently updated its mask guidelines saying that fully vaccinated individuals can do things such as exercise and hold small outdoor gatherings and no longer have to wear a mask.
People two weeks removed from their last vaccine can exercise alone or with other household members outside without a face covering, the CDC said. They can also meet outdoors with a small group of other fully vaccinated people, or a mixture of fully vaccinated and unvaccinated people, the agency added. The guidance did not say what counts as a small gathering.
Dining unmasked at an outdoor restaurant with friends from multiple households is also acceptable, according to the CDC.
The agency still recommends that fully vaccinated people wear a mask at outdoor spaces where the risk of Covid-19 is less clear. Those include sporting events, concerts, parades and other crowded places.
Amid this change in vaccinated adults and when they will have to wear masks, many wondered, what does that mean for those visiting theme parks? While not all theme parks have responded to the new mask guidance, but Universal Orlando Resort has.
Orlando Sentinel reporter Gabrielle Russon tweeted the following:
What does changing CDC guidelines mean for Orlando theme parks? Here’s a statement from #Universal Orlando spokesman Tom Schroder.
— Gabrielle Russon (@GabrielleRusson) April 27, 2021
Russon quotes Universal Orlando Spokesman Tom Schroder:
The health and safety of our guests and tema members us always our top priority. We will review the CDC guidelines and work with local health officials to determine how we move forward in a way that is best for our guests, our team members and our business. For now, we will continue to operate under our existing and enhanced health and safety protocols.
This response makes sense as Universal is not requiring that every Guest who enters the theme parks be vaccinated, and there are far too many Guests visiting the theme parks for them to be considered a “small gathering”.
The Universal Orlando Resort, which includes Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, Volcano Bay, and CityWalk currently has numerous safety procedures in place to keep Guests safe while visiting the theme parks. Guests who visit the Universal Orlando website will find the following image that will tell them the health and safety procedures in place at the resort.
There are several more health and safety procedures in place at the theme park, including:
- Limiting and reducing daily park attendance and attraction ridership in Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure
- Increasing cleaning and disinfection of food locations, ride vehicles, and other frequent “touch points” that go beyond our already-aggressive cleaning procedures
- Social distancing at all locations through the parks, to include attractions, shows, restaurants and merchandise locations
- Having Virtual Line™ experiences available for select attractions
- Offering contactless payments and “no touch” policies where possible
Since reopening last summer, Universal Orlando has frequently hit capacity as Guests can’t wait to ride popular theme park attractions such as Hollywood Rip Rockit and Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure. Guests are also looking forward to the June opening of Universal Studios Orlando’s newest attraction, VelociCoaster.
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