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Universal Orlando reopening begins with guests in masks getting temperature checks on arrival

UNIVERSAL Orlando has begun reopening its resort - with guests seen wearing coronavirus masks and receiving temperature checks on arrival.

On Thursday night, select venues opened their doors from 4-10pm with new guidelines in place to adhere to the pandemic rules.

Universal has opened select merchandise stores as well as a number of restaurants - which are returning with a limited menu.

The resort insists that attendees must wear face coverings and have their temperature taken - and they're not allowed in if they're 100.4 degrees or over.

Visitors are also asked to maintain social distancing, observe the floor markings and wash their hands often.

Venues in the partially opened park will also only operate at limited capacity.

In addition to shopping at the Universal Studios Store and select merchandise carts, there are plenty of tasty temptations across CityWalk, each is opening with a delicious but limited menu, as well as limited seating.

However, Universal are also asking guests to "evaluate their risk in determining whether to attend."

Despite part of the CityWalk opening to the public, Universal's theme parks and hotels remain closed until at least May 31.

The tourist attraction has been closed since mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Walt Disney World is also set to reopen its Disney Springs restaurant and entertainment area later this month.
The guidelines include increased cleaning procedures, the use of appropriate face coverings by both cast members and guests, limited-contact guest services and additional safety training for cast members.

The Disney theme parks and hotels in Florida will remain closed.

“Following the guidance of government and health officials, a limited number of shopping and dining experiences that are owned by third-party operating participants will begin to open during this initial phase,” said Disney Springs vice president Matt Simon.

Disney Springs, an outdoor shopping, dining and entertainment complex, will open its doors to the public again on May 20.

It covers about 120 acres at the Disney resort.

"Given this unprecedented situation, we appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding as we navigate through this process as responsibly as we can."

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