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Universal Studios Hollywood lifts outdoor mask mandate

by Samantha Davis-Friedman

Following updated Los Angeles County mask mandates that go into effect today, Universal Studios Hollywood allows guests to go without face coverings outdoors; however, the theme park still requires masks indoors regardless of vaccination status.

Universal Studios Hollywood - Water World Show
Photo courtesy of Universal Studios Hollywood

The L.A. county mask mandate changes are due to a decline in the county’s coronavirus case count over the last week (which is down 81% from two weeks ago). Although California lifted indoor mask requirements today – the reason for Disneyland’s decision to remove its indoor mask requirements – L.A. County plans to keep the indoor mask mandate in place until the region records seven consecutive days at a “moderate” level of coronavirus transmission, which would require the number of daily new cases to fall below 730.

Although Universal Studios Hollywood relaxed rules regarding face masks, all guests are still required to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test before entering the parks. A third-party testing site is offering rapid tests on property if needed.

Universal Studios Hollywood’s website reflects the update:

Per LA County’s Public Health order, all persons ages 5+ must be prepared to show proof of full FDA or WHO-approved COVID-19 vaccination (a full 14 days after the final dose was administered) or a negative test taken within 24 hours (antigen, i.e., “rapid” test) or 48 hours (PCR test) of visit, prior to entry to the theme park. A COVID-19 self-test sometimes referred to as a “home test,” is not acceptable. Persons ages 18+ must also show a photo I.D.

Verification will take place when required based on theme park attendance. To assist, a third-party COVID-19 testing site is available and offering rapid tests on our property. Children under the age of 5 are not required to show proof of vaccination or a negative test result. All guests, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear face coverings indoors.

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