Universal Modifies Grinch Character Encounter Due to Mask Mandate

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Grinch and Max.

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Through the remainder of the year and into the New Year, Guests at Universal Orlando Resort can still meet The Grinch.

Over the past few weeks, videos of the popular meet-and-greet have gone viral as The Grinch has taken time to interact with each Guest, ultimately taking a photo with them.

A group of people standing next to a Christmas tree with the grinch
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Earlier this week, Universal Orlando Resort announced a change to its mask mandate policy which went into effect on Christmas Eve with an announcement on social media.

Update from Universal Orlando Resort

The announcement reads:

The health and safety of our guests and team members is always our top priority. As a result, face coverings will now be required, effective Friday, Dec. 24 at all public indoor locations within Universal Orlando Resort for both quests and team members regardless of vaccination status – including restaurants, shops, and indoor hotel public areas.

Face coverings are also required at all attractions from the moment guests enter the queue to when they exit the experience. 
We will continue to monitor the situation and make adjustments as needed.

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Guests who visit Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, and Universal’s CityWalk are required to wear a face-covering at any public indoor location, as well as any attraction queues, regardless of if they’re outside or inside.

Related: Many Universal Orlando Fans Left Angry with Mask Policy Change

As a result of the mask mandate, Universal Orlando had to modify The Grinch character encounter slightly.

As late as yesterday, The Grinch could be seen meeting with Guests without a mask at certain times. Now, the meet-and-greet still takes place in the same spot inside the Suess Landing Bookstore, but the mean one himself is now wearing a mask.

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TikTok user @buzzcitytwins posted a video of the interaction with The Grinch.

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As you can see in the video, The Grinch is now wearing his face-covering, but Guests are still allowed to meet with him and take photos.

At Universal Studios Hollywood, The Grinch has been wearing a mask and meeting Guests outside.

Did you meet with The Grinch during this holiday season? What was your interaction like?

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