Universal Orlando to reopen on June 5 after being shut for months due to COVID-19

WION Web Team
New Delhi, India Published: May 22, 2020, 08:55 AM(IST)

Universal Studios Park Photograph:( Reuters )

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The theme park has been shut since mid-March. 

Universal Orlando aims to reopen June 5 after being shut for business for months due to the coronavirus outbreak. 

Commenting on the reopening, John Sprouts who is an official with the Florida studio destination, submitted the park's proposal  to the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force. They voted to approve Universal Orlando’s plan to reopen amid lockdown relaxations across the world. 

The theme park has been shut since mid-March. 

As for the reopening plan, on June 1, the theme park will have a dry run for employees and then on June 3, some invited guests will visit. The park will then open to the public on June 5, officials said.

The theme park will open to a lower capacity, which will increase as time goes on, according to the plan. An onsite inspection took place with government officials on Thursday morning prior to the task force meeting. There were no concerns from those officials following the inspection, task force officials said. 

Masks and temperature checks will be required for both visitors and employees. Interactive play areas have been closed. There will be no more valet parking. Mist areas will be closed. There will be no more post-show meet-and-greets. 

All menus will be paper single-use in restaurants. Cash will still be accepted, but the park is trying to minimize it. Employees will self-check at home and then be checked again once they arrive to work. 

Signage will be placed throughout the park to remind visitors of social distancing, with at least six feet of separation required for ride and food lines. 

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