Universal Orlando Resort will no longer require fully vaccinated guests to wear face masks while indoors or outdoors, effective Saturday, May 29.
The theme park said the decision is based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and is asking unvaccinated guests to continue to wear face-coverings to reduce the spread of COVID-19. However, staff will not ask mask-less guests for proof of vaccination.
"Based on new guidelines from the CDC, face coverings will no longer be required indoors or outdoors for fully vaccinated guests at Universal Orlando Resort beginning Saturday, May 29. While we will not require proof of vaccination, we do expect our guests to comply with this revised policy and to use face coverings if they have not been vaccinated," Universal Orlando said in a statement. "The health and safety of our guests and team members remain our top priority as we continue our thoughtful return to regular operations."
According to Univeral's updated policy, face coverings are optional for fully vaccinated guests while unvaccinated individuals are asked to wear them at all times while in indoor locations.
The policy change comes just ahead of the arrival of Universal Orlando's newest thrill ride, Jurassic World VelociCoaster, which is set to open on June 10.