As the world slowly tries to retreat according to a sense of normalcy as The covid-19 pandemic continues,, events and affairs seeking to bring back the public I already had to try to balance reduction of federal restrictions with private rules regarding masks, vaccination status and more. Now one of the largest theme parks in the U.S. is making a big step forward with its regulations.
Announced today, Universal Studios Hollywood in Los Angeles Angeles, California will begin mandatory vaccinations and proof of testing to protect visitors from the COVID-19 virus 12 and above the beginning Oct. 7, according to new orders from the LA County Department of Public Health. Guests will need to show proof from the FDA or WHO-approven vaccination at least two weeks after the final dose (whether it is a two-dose vaccination such as Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna or Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine) or a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of their visit. In addition, all guests over the age of 18 will also be subject to an ID card check. Universal ‘The new rules also don’t stop there – regardless of the vaccination status once in the park, guests they will have to wear masks, whether indoors or outdoors, and are encouraged to “keep a safe distance between travel parties” while the parks “remain focused on maintaining the highest standards of cleanliness and sanitation”.
These latest rules do not apply to university resorts in Orlando, Florida, where Mr.overnor Ron DeSantis is involved in the campaign ban the mask i vaccination mandate in private businesses and schools for months. Although the second owner of Disney Theme Park has yet to implement similar mandates to prove vaccination, both Disneyland in Anaheim, California and Walt Disney Resort in Orlando, Florida re-installed mandatory mask worn indoors for guests in July, after lifting restrictions on masks a month earlier. Although the new Universal Studio guidelines do not have an age for the use of masks, Disney’s latest rules apply to all visitors over the age of two.
Theme parks across the U.S. it is particularly hard hit by the pandemic, even as some local it opened sooner or later while COVID cases in the country continued to vary incredibly. The slow restoring public confidence after improved vaccination rates has now come with a certain level of hesitation in makingrestoring at least some of the pandemic’s limitations, now that the vaccination rate has slowed and cases among unvaccinated Americans continue to grow. Whether more rules like Universal Studios will become the norm in other parks remains to be seen, but for now: if you go to LA, you will want a vaccine card and a mask before you go to enjoy.
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