Effective today, July 22, Universal Orlando has made some changes to their face mask policy for both guests and team members, including no longer allowing a few types of masks.
Now, in order for a face covering to be permitted in the park, it must fit the following criteria:
- Must cover nose and mouth and be secured under chin
- Must fit snugly against the sides of the face and be secured with ear loops or around the head
- Must be at least two layers
As far as masks no longer allowed in the parks, these include:
- Face coverings with exhalation valves
- Face coverings that are not secured with ear loops or around the head
- Face coverings that include mesh material or holes of any kind
- Costume masks or veils
A common face covering for many guests is the gaiter-style mask; these are still allowed at Universal Orlando as long as they are secured around the head, covers the nose and mouth and is secured under the chin, and consist of at least two layers.
In addition, guests are now asked to wear their masks at all times unless they are actively eating or drinking, and they must be socially distanced from other parties while doing so.
These updates to the face mask policy follow another previous update, in which guests who have a disability that prevents them from wearing a mask will now have to wear a face shield.