The Orange County Economic Recovery task force has approved a Universal Studios plan to reopen its theme parks the week of June 5.
Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings will review it. If he endorses it, the plan will be sent to the state for further approval.
In a letter to Demings, Universal Orlando CEO John Sprouls requested to open its theme parks “As soon as June 1st,” using “a new level of best-practice for our already aggressive health, safety and hygiene procedures.”
Universal’s reopening would be phased: Employees would return June 1-2 for testing; parks would open June 3-4 for invited guests and some passholders. If all protocols go well, the public would be welcomed on June 5.
Universal will require employees, as well as visitors, to wear masks in the theme parks. If a visitor doesn’t have a mask, Universal will provide a free one. Visitors will also have their temperatures checked prior to reaching the front gates.
As part of its park plan, Universal said its reopening it will eliminate its single rider line at attractions.
Among other locals attractions who had Task Force petitions accepted include Fun Spot of Florida, Inc., ICON Park Orlando, Gatorland