Universal extends coronavirus shutdown at theme parks

Universal Orlando Resort

Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood have been closed to the public since 16 March, due to the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

With social distancing measures and attractions closures still in place across the US, the original shut down period at both parks has now been extended until at least 31 May. In a statement, Univeral said it was continuing to follow advice from health agencies and government officials, and that the health and safety of both guests and staff was a priority.

This closure at both sites includes Universal CityWalk as well as the theme parks. In addition to this, all hotels at Universal Orlando Resort are temporarily closed.

Universal in Asia

Universal Studios Japan has also been closed to the public to prevent the spread of coronavirus. While the initial closure period was set to end on 12 April, the attraction will now remain closed until the middle of May. A date for reopening will be announced closer to the time, taking into account how the situation develops.

This follows the Novel Coronavirus Emergency Declaration issued on April 7th by the Japanese government.

While Singapore has not been as badly affected by COVID-19 as some other countries, the government announced new measures to halt the spread last week. This means that all non-essential services and businesses are required to close their doors from 7 April to 4 May. Due to this, Universal Studios Singapore will be closed for the duration.

Attractions in the US and Europe are likely to look at how venues in China are adapting, as they begin to reopen. The Executive Chairman of the Walt Disney Company, Bob Iger, said that Disney parks may introduce temperature checks on arrival once the parks reopen.

Parks that have reopened so far, such as Fantawild’s theme parks in China, have also been limiting visitor numbers, introducing extra cleaning routines and requiring guests to wear masks.