As of Saturday Universal Orlando Resort will require its team members to wear face coverings when they’re working indoors. The policy change comes after Orange County began seeing the highest number of new COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic.
Guests will not be required to wear masks in indoor areas but are encouraged to follow CDC guidelines and local policies with regard to mask-wearing. The CDC recently issued guidance saying regardless of vaccination status, everyone should wear masks indoors when out in public.
“The health and safety of our guests and team members is always our top priority,” Universal said in a statement.
Walt Disney World announced on Wednesday that they will begin requiring all guests two and up to wear masks indoors and on transportation, whether they are vaccinated or not. That policy change starts today, Friday, July 30.
The update in policy includes entering and throughout attractions at Disney World. Masks will continue to be optional in outdoor common areas.
On Universal’s website their updated safety guidelines say:
In accordance with CDC guidelines, face coverings are no longer required for fully vaccinated guests, indoors or outdoors. While we do not require proof of vaccination, we do expect those who are not fully vaccinated to wear face coverings while indoors. We encourage all guests to keep a safe distance between travel parties, and we remain focused on maintaining the highest cleanliness and sanitization standards.