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Universal Orlando Resort to Require Face Coverings Indoors

Universal Orlando Resort will require face coverings in all indoor areas, starting on December 24. The announcement was made on Twitter, and states:

The health and safety of our guests and team members is always our top priority. As a result, face coverings will now be required, effective Friday, Dec. 24 at all public indoor locations within Universal Orlando Resort for both guests and team members regardless of vaccination status – including restaurants, shops, and indoor hotel public areas.

Face coverings are also required at all attractions from the moment guests enter the queue to when they exit the experience. Based on these updates, guests are expected to bring a face covering with them for their visit.

We will continue to monitor the situation and make adjustments as needed.

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The same update was sent to those who are part of the Universal Orlando Resort email list.

The information on the Universal Orlando Resort website under ‘Review Important Safety Guidelines’ has not yet been updated. It states:

Face covering guidelines

We encourage all guests to follow CDC Guidelines, including wearing face coverings where recommended.

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That said, the new information is found under ‘Updated Safety Guidelines’. The first point of the FAQ is:

Will I be required to wear a face covering? What if I don’t have one?

Face coverings are required at all public indoor locations and at all attractions (including queues) at Universal Orlando Resort regardless of vaccination status. Face coverings are optional when outdoors. If you do not have a face covering, we have them available for purchase. Also, children under the age of three are not required to wear face coverings.

If you have a disability that prevents you from wearing a face covering, please contact Guest Services about our alternate accommodation, which is to wear a face shield during your visit. Your face shield must cover your nose and mouth, wrap around the sides of your face, and extend to below your chin. Please note that face shields are not permitted on certain attractions, and guests will have to switch to a face covering for those experiences. Specific attraction details will be communicated during the accommodation discussion at Guest Services.

Walt Disney World continues to require face coverings indoors as well.

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About Paula K

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010 we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the parks. Under the name Paula Brown I penned the novels Dream Wanderers and The Coffee Cruiser. I also am a co-author of Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida. I've been a vegetarian for well over a decade, a choice that my daughter eventually made as well. While my husband still hasn't joined us fully he has given up most meats except for seafood. I was relieved to find that vegetarian dining is not difficult at Walt Disney World.