In a letter to team members from John Sprouls, EVP & chief administrative officer of Universal Parks & Resorts, a new policy was revealed that will require Universal Orlando Resort’s team members to disclose their vaccination status for COVID-19 — but will not require them to get the shots if they haven’t already.
In the letter, Sprouls “strongly” urges team members to be vaccinated if they are able to do so, and that sharing one’s vaccination status will “allow us to more closely maintain strict adherence to our health and safety protocols.” The letter goes on to state that more information on this new policy will be shared with team members “soon.”
The letter did not disclose when this new policy would go into effect, or how team members would be required to share their status with the company.
This news comes not long after The Walt Disney Company announced that it would be requiring all salaried and non-union hourly employees in the U.S. to be fully vaccinated. Disney is currently in negotiations with unions on how this policy will affect the cast members represented by them.
What do you think of this new policy for Universal team members? Is this encroaching on one’s privacy, or does the company have a right to know for guest and employee safety reasons? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.