NEWS: Universal Hollywood updates COVID-19 negative vaccination and testing requirements

Many have changed over the past year in terms of health and safety measures at U.S. theme parks as state and local governments update policies in response to CDC recommendations.

Universal Studios Hollywood

For example, both Disney World and Disneyland require all guests to wear masks inside and Universal Studios Hollywood has implemented requirements for all guests to show proof of a COVID-19 vaccine or a negative COVID-19 test to enter. But, now this policy will be expanded.

According to the Universal Studios Hollywood website, they will now require all guests from the age of 5 to provide it full COVID-19 vaccination test, or a negative COVID-19 test done within 24 hours (if an antigen test is done) or 48 hours (if a PCR test) of your visit . COVID-19 self-tests will not be accepted and so will those over the age of 18 show ID with photo.

© Universal

Previously, Universal Hollywood required a full vaccination test or a negative COVID test within 72 hours of the visit for all guests 12 years of age or older. However, this new policy shortens the probationary period and extends the requirement to guests over 5 years of age.

Old health and safety procedures at Universal Hollywood

Please note that masks must also be worn inside the theme park.

Mask policy from the summer of 2021

This new policy comes as concerns about the emerging variant of Omicron continue to grow in the United States and COVID-19 vaccines are gaining approval for distribution to children.

Map of where the Omicron variant was discovered as of December 1, 2021 © New York Times

As this situation develops and policies continue to change in both California and Florida, we will keep you informed of the latest changes that may affect your trip. And in the meantime, stay tuned to AllEars for more news on theme parks!

Click HERE for a full list of US travel restrictions and Omicron COVID-19-related warnings

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