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Universal Studios Goes Viral For Lack of Social Distancing During Covid-19

by Jacklyn Krol
Universal Studios Lack of Social Distancing Coronavirus Pandemic
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Universal Studios has gone viral for lack of social distancing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The Startling Videos

Social media users who visited the Orlando, Florida theme park shared images and videos of the crowd levels. One user showed people flocking to the entrance prior to the park’s opening.

Meanwhile, another user shared a video from inside the park. The visitor videotaped inside the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The pathways were crowded with some guests improperly wearing masks. It quickly sparked outrage on TikTok, Twitter, and Facebook.

Watch the videos, below.

Universal Studios Park Capacity

On September 5, both Universal Studios and Islands of Adventures parks reached their capacity. This was the first time any park hit capacity since the pandemic hit. The parks initially shut down on March 16 and were later re-opened this summer.

On September 6, all three parks reached capacity. Additionally, the Volcano Bay water park reached capacity prior to its 10 A.M. opening.

The theme park seemingly added a new temporary entrance during Labor Day weekend to accommodate the long lines and crowd levels.

See photos, below.


Safety Protocols

According to their website, they have numerous safety procedures in place. The website cautions that exposure to the virus “is an inherent risk in any public location where people are present.” Universal added that visitors could be exposed to the virus during their visit.

Visitors must wear a face mask at all times besides in the relaxation areas where guests can take them off. Volcano Bay does not require face masks since it is a water park. All theme parks have countless hand sanitizing stations.

Before guests can enter any of the parks they have to have their temperature taken. The company also requires their employees to take part in the safety protocols. The cleaning and disinfecting routines have also improved.

Fireworks, parades and shows have been canceled. Character meet and greets are still happening but at a safe distance. The face characters are even wearing their own personalized face masks.

For those who can not visit the parks due to travel restrictions or medical conditions, there’s an option for you. Universal created a virtual visit where you can experience rides in 360 degree videos.