Yesterday, we shared a rumor that Universal Studios Orlando would be making some major updates to its face mask policy. We now have an update of their plans. What could this mean for other theme parks (cough Disney World cough)?
Universal Studios Orlando Mask Policy
While most of our Central Florida planning tips and news stories revolve around Disney World, we do also cover Universal Studios.
When the theme park reopened last summer, masks were required at all times just like at other theme parks in the area. However, after CDC guidelines changed stating vaccinated individuals could remove masks while outdoors, Universal changed its mask policy.
Effective May 15, Universal Studios Orlando dropped the mask requirements when outdoors. Just a few hours after Universal made the announcement, Disney World did too. You can read about that news HERE.
Last night, we shared a rumor that Universal Studios Orlando would be dropping the indoor mask mandate. You can read that post HERE.
Now, according to multiple sources, that rumor has turned out to be true!
With this new change, vaccinated individuals are no longer required to wear their face covering indoors. Universal Studios will not be requiring proof of vaccination but do expect their guests to comply with these guidelines.
Face masks are no longer required indoors for vaccinated individuals. No one is required to wear a mask outdoors, vaccinated or not.
What about Disney World?
The last time Universal Studios Orlando made an adjustment to their mask policy, Disney World followed pretty closely with their own. Whether that was a coincidence or not, we will never know. However, we do know that Disney’s announcement took Cast Members by surprise, which leads us to believe it was a quick decision.
Will we hear anything from Disney regarding a change in their policy? Disney does have to negotiate with the unions, so they may not be able to rush a major decision like this. We will be closely watching and will let you all know when/if Disney World makes an announcement.
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