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Hugs and High Fives Return to Character Meet & Greets at Universal Orlando Resort as Distancing is Eliminated

Universal Orlando Resort has reached another milestone in the ongoing road to normalcy since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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While physical distancing is no longer required for character meet-and-greets, until recently, characters didn’t physically interact with guests. Several days ago, we spotted Captain America getting up close with guests at Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

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While he posed next to guests, we didn’t see any physical contact.

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The same situation was in place with Storm and Rogue.

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Today marked yet another big change, as physical interaction has been reintroduced to certain meet-and-greets.

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We spotted Patrick hugging and embracing guests for the first time since the resort reopened from the pandemic at Universal Studios Florida.

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Another fish from Universal’s Superstar Parade could also be seen putting their arms (or fins, as the case may be) around guests.

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Even the usually-cranky Squidward could seen showing his affections, high-fiving and posing with guests.

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Even the youngest fans got to meet the beloved Bikini Bottom resident.

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  1. Seems like even Squidward is glad that they can interact with new friends in the parks again!

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