Universal Orlando Resort Issues Face Mask Policy Update; Masks Must Be Worn at All Times Unless Distanced for Eating and Drinking
Following up with some industry-wide face mask policy updates already seen implemented across Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort has updated their face mask policy to modify the “loophole” by which guests were allowed to remove their masks for eating and drinking, which many guests abused in order to keep their face masks off for the majority of the day. Per policy update, guests must now socially distance before removing their mask to eat or drink (i.e. no walking around maskless while chugging from your Coke Freestyle cup.)
You can review the full policy update below:
An appropriate face covering for a visit to Universal Orlando must fit the following criteria:
Must cover your nose and mouth and be secured under your chin
Must fit snugly against the sides of your face and be secured with ear loops or secured around your head
Must be at least two-ply (consist of at least two layers)
The following are NOT permitted at Universal Orlando:
Face coverings with exhalation valves
Face coverings that are not secured with ear loops or secured around your head
Face coverings that include mesh material or holes of any kind
Costume masks or veils, per our costume guidelines
Guests must wear face coverings at all times, unless they are actively eating or drinking, and they must also be socially distanced from other travel parties while consuming their food or beverage. Inside restaurants, we have arranged tables and seating so that guests can safely remove their face coverings while enjoying their dining experience.
You may have noticed the note on face masks with exhalation valves, a topic which is actually trending today as it has been shown that these masks may actually spread contaminated air. Face masks with exhalation valves are not allowed at Universal Orlando Resort, and you may be asked to change into one without a valve.
As a reminder, Team Members are doing their best to keep both guests and employees safe inside the theme parks throughout the pandemic. If you are stopped or told to put your face mask on, be a model guest and follow the rules. If you’re needing some “mask-free” time, head to a nearby designated U•Rest Area.