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Universal Orlando to reopen June 5

Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal’s Volcano Bay will be open beginning June 5.
This Oct. 22, 2015, file photo shows the Universal Park globe in Orlando, Florida. (AP file/John Raoux)

ORLANDO, Fla. (WTHR) - Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal’s Volcano Bay will be open beginning June 5.

The Universal website posted the announcement Friday.

"Everyone will need to follow CDC guidelines and the recommendations of health officials, and Universal Orlando’s policies," the park stated. "Note that any public location where people are present provides an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 and we cannot guarantee that you will not be exposed during your visit."

Among the new guidelines for the park:

  • Face coverings: If a guest doesn’t have a face covering, they can buy one at the park
  • Temperature checks: Temperatures of all guests will be checked before entering the park, and any guest showing a temperature of 100.4 degrees or more will will be turned away
  • Required hand sanitizer: Guests will be required to use hand sanitizer before boarding rides
  • Virtual lines: Some rides and attractions will let guests select a time they want to ride to minimize time waitin in line
  • Staggered seating: There will be staggered spacing on ride vehicles and in lines to maintain social distancing guidelines
  • Staggered parking: Parking will be staggered inside parking garages to help encourage distance between groups
  • Cashless payments and no-touch policies: Mobile food and drink ordering will be available through the park's app at some venues

The park also mentions that guests should wash hands often and respect the floor markings to maintain social distancing. Park employees, many of whom have been furloughed or taken pay cuts, will be directing guests to respect the new guidelines.

The company announced in April that all annual and seasonal passes will automatically be extended by the number of days the theme parks are closed. All monthly payments were postponed effective March 25.