Universal Orlando requires face coverings for guests, team members indoors again

Policy change comes as COVID-19 cases rise again

ORLANDO, Fla. – Universal Orlando brought back its face covering requirement for all guests and team members on Friday.

The reversal in policy comes as Florida reported 20,194 new infections to the CDC from Tuesday, according to federal data posted Wednesday afternoon.

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“The health and safety of our guests and team members is always our top priority. As a result, face coverings will now be required, effective Friday, Dec. 24, at all public indoor locations within Universal Orlando Resort for both guests and team members regardless of vaccination status - including restaurants, shops, and indoor hotel public areas,” Universal Orlando said in a statement on Wednesday. “Face coverings are also required at all attractions from the moment guests enter the queue to when they exit the experience. Based on these updates, guests are expected to bring a face covering with them for their visit.”

Back in May Universal Orlando dropped its mask mandate requirement for fully vaccinated guests.

Click here for more information about Universal Orlando’s safety guidelines.

Walt Disney World has had an indoor facial covering requirement since reopening due to the pandemic.

According to Disney’s website, face coverings are required for all guests (ages 2 and up) in all indoor locations, regardless of vaccination status. This includes upon entering and throughout all indoor attractions and indoor queues and in Disney buses, monorail and Disney Skyliner, regardless of vaccination status. Face coverings are optional for Guests in outdoor areas.

At SeaWorld Orlando guests are also being recommended to wear face coverings while indoors.

News 6 reached out to SeaWorld to see if they would be making any changes to its mask policy.

“We will continue to follow CDC and Orange County health guidance related to preventing the spread of Covid-19. We encourage our guests to follow applicable recommendations,” SeaWorld Orlando said in a statement.

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Landon joined News 6 in 2017. He grew up in Southern Illinois and graduated from Southern Illinois University with a bachelors degree in TV and digital media. When he is not at work you can catch him at one of Orlando's theme parks or the beach. Before working at News 6 he worked for stations in Miami and Fort Myers.