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Universal Orlando Resort offers stark warning over coronavirus ahead of reopening

The theme park added a new warning to its website

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In this Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015, file photo, park guests relax and cool off with a water mist under the globe at Universal Studios City Walk in Orlando, Fla.

Associated Press

Universal Orlando Resort has offered a stark warning for those who plan to attend the park and might fear being infected with the novel coronavirus.

What’s the news:

  • Late last week, Universal Orlando shared an update about its parks, saying that Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal’s Volcano Bay will all reopen on June 5.
  • The park issued a warning to guests who might attend the reopenings, which will be done with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines in mind.
  • The warning read: “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.”

What’s required:

The theme park has asked guests to return to the park with a few guidelines, including:

  • Face coverings will be required.
  • Washing your hands is encouraged.
  • Temperature checks will be required.
  • Social distancing will be enforced.
  • Floor markings will be added to keep people apart.
  • Guests have been asked to avoid contact with those who are sick.
  • Use of hand sanitizer is encouraged.
  • Team members will offer instructions, which should be followed.

Disney issues a similar warning

  • Last week, Disney reopened its Disney Springs resort to the public, giving guests a chance to visit restaurants and other retail stores operated by third parties, as I wrote for the Deseret News.
  • Disney Springs issued a warning about the opening on its website, though: “An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and guests with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable. By visiting Disney Springs you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.”