Universal Studios Hollywood outdoor mask requirement returns ahead of L.A. county mandate

Universal Studios Hollywood has updated their mask rules ahead of an October mandate coming to Los Angeles County, Calif., where the theme park resides.

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Photos by Carly Caramanna

The new mask requirements now state that all guests are required to wear a face covering at all times, both indoors and outdoors, unless actively eating or drinking. New signs were recently added to Universal Studios Hollywood stating these new rules ahead of the mandate’s effective launch on Oct. 7, 2021. In addition, this rule does not apply at Universal CityWalk; guests are only required to put on their masks once they reach the turnstiles for the theme park itself.

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Per the new mandate, the State recommends universal masking, regardless of vaccination status, in public indoor settings. The mandate also states that beginning Oct. 7, those over the age of 12 in L.A. County must show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 or a pre-entry negative COVID-19 test before entering “Outdoor Mega Events” — a designation that has been extended to now include theme parks. Another stipulation? Self-attestation, AKA just stating that you are fully vaccinated or have tested negative for COVID-19, does not count as a method for verification.

However, proof of vaccination requirements have not been announced for Universal as of the time of writing. We reached out to Universal about this and received the following statement:

The health and safety of our guests and Team Members is our top priority and we continue to comply with all current L.A. County Health guidelines. Theme parks have not been categorized as mega-event venues in previous county health orders and have different operational capabilities and practices. We are reviewing the updated order with health officials with that context in mind.

Universal Studios Hollywood spokesperson

This update to the classification of theme parks also means that Six Flags Magic Mountain may also be subject to this new verification requirement, as it, too, is located in L.A. County.

Time will tell if Universal Studios Hollywood amends their rules to include the new vaccination or test verification for attendees, so be sure to stay tuned for updates as they are released.


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