June 6, 2020 – After being closed since mid-March, Universal Orlando Resort in Florida marked it’s 30th anniversary with a cautious reopening of all three theme parks that put limits on how many people were allowed in along with numerous Coronavirus safety measures. Saturday was the first day of operations at Volcano Bay water park, but VIPs and season passholders got a rain-soaked preview of the new safety procedures at Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure the previous two days.
In addition to reduced capacity, Universal is changing park hours along with implementing health and safety measures. Guests and employees have to wear face coverings and practice social distancing – you’ll see staggered parking, spaced out seating at restaurants and less people allowed on rides at time. Each guest will have their temperature taken before entering and some areas, attractions and shows may still be shut down.
Other theme parks around the state are reopening with similar safety measures. Legoland in nearby Winter Haven already reopened, while SeaWorld in Orlando along with Busch Gardens and Adventure Island in Tampa reopen Thursday. Disney won’t start reopening its Florida parks until the middle of July.
Look for Universal Studios Hollywood to implement a similar procedure once California state guidelines for reopening are met.
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