As of Thursday, October 7, Universal Studios Hollywood is requiring all Guests age 12 and up to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination (or, alternatively, proof of a negative COVID-19 test result).
Guests visiting Universal Studios Hollywood on Thursday took to social media to share the updated signage that can be seen at the theme park.
Travel blogger The Cali Bae/Five Fires reposted an image from theme park reporter Paul’s Theme Park Adventures on Instagram. The sign reads:
Universal Studios Hollywood
Proof of vaccination (Guests 12+ only) or negative test result (Guests 12+ only) are required for theme park entry today.
Thank you and have a safe day!
#SafetyIsUniversal For more information, please visit cdc.gov/coronavirus
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The requirement of COVID-19 vaccines or a negative COVID-19 test result comes after a recent mandate by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Following the update from LA Public Health, Universal Studios Hollywood first updated its face mask guidance to once again require all Guests to wear face coverings both indoors and outdoors. Then, Universal posted the following update, which is still live on the theme park’s official website:
Per LA County’s Public Health order, beginning on October 7, all persons ages 12 and older must be prepared to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test taken within 72 hours of visit, prior to entry to the theme park. Persons ages 18+ must also show any photo ID. Full COVID-19 vaccination means that two weeks have passed since receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series (e.g., Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) or since receipt of a single-dose vaccine (e.g., Johnson and Johnson [J&J]/Janssen). Verification will take place when required based on theme park attendance. Children under the age of 12 are not required to show proof of vaccination or a negative test result. 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.
We encourage all guests to keep a safe distance between travel parties, and we remain focused on maintaining the highest cleanliness and sanitization standards.
Universal also provides the following information regarding acceptable forms of proof of vaccination and proof of negative test:
- Acceptable forms of proof of vaccination are a vaccination card or photo/digital photo of vaccination card (including name of person vaccinated, type of vaccine provided, and date last dose administered), a digital vaccination record from the California Department of Public Health or an approved company, or documentation of vaccination from a healthcare provider, in each case showing that at least two weeks have passed since receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series (e.g., Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) or since receipt of a single-dose vaccine (e.g., Johnson and Johnson [J&J]/Janssen). For those vaccinated outside the United States, two weeks must have passed since the last dose of a vaccine that is listed for emergency use by the World Health Organization (WHO).
- Acceptable forms of proof of negative test are a printed document, email or text message displayed on a phone from a test provider or laboratory. The information should include person’s name, type of test performed, and negative test result (date of test must be within prior 72 hours.) A PCR or antigen (i.e., “rapid”) test is acceptable. A COVID-19 self-test, sometimes referred to as “home test,” is not acceptable.
For the latest information, visit the Universal Studios Hollywood official website.
What do you think of this theme park’s vaccination/negative test requirements? Should other theme parks in the U.S. follow? Let us know in the comments!