Universal Orlando Reinstates Mask Rule As COVID Cases Rise

ORLANDO (AP) – Universal Orlando is reinstating its mask requirements from Christmas Eve as COVID-19 cases increase due to the omicron variant.

ORLANDO (AP) – Universal Orlando is reinstating its mask requirements from Christmas Eve as COVID-19 cases increase due to the omicron variant.

Daily cases of the coronavirus have quadrupled over the past week in the state of Florida, according to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Hospitalizations increased 12%, according to the CDC.

But one of Miami’s largest hospital networks, Jackson Health, reported twice as many COVID-19 patients on Thursday as it did a week ago.

Universal Orlando says masks will be required in all indoor public places and at all attractions, from the time guests enter queues until they depart. Many queues for the rides and shows at the resort’s theme parks start in the outdoor areas.

The resort has had a busy holiday season with popular rides this week, reporting waits of up to three hours.

The requirements will apply to guests and employees, regardless of their immunization status, and will cover restaurants, shops and hotel interior public spaces.

Walt Disney World earlier this year relaxed its face covering rules to only require them indoors, and has not announced any decision to revise its policy.

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Adriana Gomez Licon, The Associated Press


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