Universal Orlando outlines plans to reopen its theme parks

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Universal Orlando COVID-19 reopening plan

The Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force today heard Universal Orlando's plans to reopen its Florida theme parks.

As outlined by Universal officials, the plan is to open June 1 2020, with a gradual capacity managed opening for employees only. Passholders would be added on June 3, followed by an opening to the general public on June 5. View the presentation re-opening plan.

As seen at City Walk and Disney Springs, temperature screening, mandatory masks and social distancing of 6ft would be enforced for both employees and guests.

Among the new operational measures to be introduced:

Interactive play areas closed, water and mist effects on rides disabled, 3D glasses handed out individually in place of bins, virtual queues at high demand rides, single rider lines no longer available, elimination of meet and greets although characters will appear at a distance from guests, and no parades. At the restaurants - mobile food ordering, contactless payments, single use paper menus, no buffets or self service, and individually pre-wrapped condiments and silverware.

Universal Orlando was inspected by Orange County health officials on May 21, and their plan has been submitted to the Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings. No specific concerns were found at the inspection, and in this afternoon's vote the plans received a 100% vote to be submitted to the state. Demings confirmed that he would speak with the Governor on Friday morning.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis revealed last week that Orange County must endorse the reopening plans prior to submitting to the state for a final decision on reopening. Recent language from the Governor would appear to suggest he will support the motion to reopen.

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Article Posted: May 21, 2020 / 2:05pm ET