This afternoon, the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force received a Universal Orlando reopening proposal from John Sprouls, executive VP of Universal Parks & Resorts.
According to the proposal, Universal Orlando is targeting June 5 as the date it would like to fully reopen the parks to the public.
To test the waters, the parks would first open on June 1 to employees for testing and run-throughs of procedures.
Then on June 3 and 4, the parks would be opened to invited guests and some passholders.
Capacity will be limited at the parks, as well as at restaurants and attractions within the parks until further notice.
Universal will space out visitors on rides. Groups will be kept together, but individuals will not be seated with people who are not in their party.
Other temporary changes to the parks will be eliminating the single-rider lines at attractions, eliminating or reducing water and misting effects at certain attractions, and 3D glasses will be handed out individually at attractions that use them, instead of allowing guests to pick them up.
Universal says it will also implement virtual lines at most of the popular attractions, similar to the technology used for attractions at Universal’s Volcano Bay.
It will also enable mobile ordering and single use menus at the restaurants, plus contactless payment at food and merchandise venues.
Employees and visitors will be required to wear face masks. If a visitor doesn’t have one when they arrive, Universal will provide a complimentary one.
Temperature checks will also be required for all employees and visitors. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher will not be allowed to enter.
A team of “ambassadors” will be scattered throughout the parks to remind visitors of the new rules, as well as answer questions. There will also be audio messages and signage reminding guests to follow safety protocols.
Last week, Universal Orlando reopened CityWalk in a limited capacity, with similar rules.
Universal’s proposal was unanimously approved by the task force, but it’s not a done deal yet. Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings still needs to endorse the plan before sending it to Gov. Ron DeSantis for approval.
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