Universal Studios Confirms New COVID-19 Vaccination, Negative Test Requirements

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Universal Studios Hollywood has just confirmed the new COVID-19 vaccination and negative test requirements for Guests visiting the California theme park.

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Following a mandate by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Universal Studios Hollywood will be requiring Guests age 12 and older to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test or proof of vaccination upon entering the theme park. The negative test must be taken within 72 hours of a Guest’s theme park visit prior to entry to the Park. This rule will go into effect on October 7.

Note that all Guests age 18 and older must show photo identification, as well.

Additionally, face masks must be worn in all indoor and outdoor locations, including when on attractions, in merchandise stores, and walking around the Park.

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An updated Operations Safety Update was posted to the Universal Studios Hollywood website on Wednesday morning:

Per LA County’s Public Health order, beginning October 7, all persons ages 12+ must be prepared to show proof of full FDA or WHO approved COVID-19 vaccination (a full 14 days after final dose was administered), or a negative test taken within 72 hours of visit, prior to entry to the theme park. Persons ages 18+ must also show photo ID. Verification will take place when required based on theme park attendance. Regardless of vaccination status, face coverings are required to be worn at all times, both indoors and outdoors, when visiting the theme park. At Universal CityWalk, face coverings are required to be worn indoors.

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We had previously reported on the update to face covering requirements at Universal Studios Hollywood. Now, face coverings must be worn at all times in all indoor and outdoor locations within the theme park. You can read more about this update here.

For more information on health and safety at Universal Studios Hollywood, visit the official website here.

Note that this rule only applies to Universal Studios Hollywood in California and not to Universal Orlando Resort in Florida. Visit the official Universal Orlando Resort website for their health and safety information.

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Also, keep in mind that Universal Studios Hollywood’s requirement of proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative COVID-19 test is in place starting October 7 to align with the recent mandate by LA County Public Health, as Universal Studios is located in Los Angeles County. Disneyland Resort, on the other hand, is located in Orange County, California, so therefore this LA County mandate does not apply to Disneyland. At this time, Disneyland Resort is requiring face masks in all indoor locations — read more about Disneyland health and safety on the official website here.

What do you think of these new rules at Universal Studios Hollywood? Let us know in the comments!

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