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Last Friday, Universal Orlando announced that masks would no longer be required outdoors at their theme parks and resort areas starting May 15th. We decided we needed to go down and see how that played out at the parks on Saturday.
Universal Orlando with No Masks
When we first arrived at the parks, it seemed about 30% of the guests were without masks outdoors. By later in the afternoon, that percentage had flipped. Whether from people becoming aware of the new policy or just the heat causing people to take off their masks, the longer the day went on, the fewer people wearing masks.
Many people asked about security and turnstiles. We did not have to wear masks while going through security or the park turnstiles.
Universal updated all their signage to reflect the new policy change.
They’ve also updated the social distancing stickers to reflect that recent change, as well.
Universal still requires guests to wear masks in outdoor queue lines, as soon as you enter the line.
We have seen some rumors on Twitter that enforcement of this requirement may be hit and miss. We did not experience that. Universal posted Team Members at the beginning of every queue that politely reminded guests to don their masks as they entered the line.
Overall, we found the parks to be a pleasant experience and a wonderful return to some normalcy. It was great to be able to stroll through the park with a drink and get some iconic pictures without our masks.
New Universal Safety Guidelines
Universal Orlando made several changes to their safety guidelines over the last week. Be sure to review them before you make a trip to the Resort.
“We’re excited to enhance your Universal experience with the latest safety updates from local health and government officials.
- Face coverings are not mandatory while outdoors.
- Face coverings are still required in all indoor locations including shops and restaurants.
- Face coverings are required at all attractions—from the moment the queue begins until the exit of the experience.
- Guests must still provide their own face covering.
- Social Distancing between travel parties remains at three feet (1 meter).
As always, we remain focused on maintaining the highest cleanliness and sanitization standards.“
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