Universal Orlando Backpedals on Free Masks?

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Yesterday during the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force meeting John Sprouls, Chief Administrative Officer for Universal Orlando, presented the plans for the theme park reopening.

During the presentation he made a point of saying the following:

…and we are going to require not only all of our team members to be in masks, but we’re going to require the guests be in masks as well. If a guest arrives without a mask we will provide a free disposable mask for them, if they did not bring their own.”

You can find this at about 53:30.

But today, when they released their information they added that masks will be available for purchase if you don’t have one.

“And here’s what we need from our guests:

  • Everyone will be required to wear a face covering during their visit. If a guest doesn’t have a face covering, we’ll have them available for purchase.”

So something must have changed from the time they presented until the next day when they posted their press release.

Here is the entire release:

“From new protocols to park hours, here’s an overview of the most pertinent information for the phased reopening of Universal Orlando Resort that begins June 5, 2020.

Due to the evolving nature of this situation, details are subject to change without notice.

REMINDER OF OPERATIONAL PROCEDURES – SCREENING, SANITIZATION AND SPACING

The health and safety of our guests and team members remain our top priority – and we need everyone’s help to adhere to CDC’s guidelines.

As a reminder, here’s what we’re doing:

  • All team members will undergo temperature checks and wear face coverings
  • All team members will participate in training on our new procedures
  • Increasing our already-aggressive cleaning and disinfection procedures, and frequently cleaning all high-touch surfaces
  • Limiting capacity and following social distancing guidelines throughout all attractions, restaurants and shops throughout the destination

And here’s what we need from our guests:

  • Everyone will be required to wear a face covering during their visit. If a guest doesn’t have a face covering, we’ll have them available for purchase.

We encourage guests to follow CDC guidelines and conduct temperature checks prior to

  • arrival. We will also implement temperature checks for each guest prior to their arrival to the theme parks and Universal CityWalk. If a guest has a temperature of 100.4 degrees or greater, they will not be able to enter.

*Guests are urged to follow CDC guidelines and conduct temperature checks prior to their arrival. Guests should evaluate their own risk as they determine whether to visit, and – in line with CDC guidelines – we specifically do not recommend older adults or individuals at high-risk with serious underlying medical conditions visit the destination. 

People who show no symptoms can still spread COVID-19 if they are infected. Any interaction with the general public poses an elevated risk of being exposed to COVID-19 and Universal cannot guarantee guests will not be exposed during their visit.”

I did notice on the release they added “Due to the evolving nature of this situation, details are subject to change without notice.”

Well they already made changes before they even put out the notice there may be changes.

What do you think? Comment and let us know!

Source: OrangeTV, Universal Orlando Release, A Friend



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