Universal Studios Hollywood will announce the reopening date in mid-April, but only for California residents
Universal Studios Hollywood will finally reopen after the pandemic-forced closure closed its doors for more than a year, but the theme park will initially only open to California residents.
Comcast, owner of Universal, announced on Tuesday that the theme park will officially reopen on April 16.
It is only open to California residents to comply with state regulations that discourage travel from another state. It is not clear when it will open to everyone.
The announcement of Universal’s reopening comes after Disneyland announced its own reopening date, signaling the resurgence of the California theme park industry.
Universal Studios Hollywood is preparing to reopen to the public on April 16, 2021
Universal Studios Hollywood has been closed due to the pandemic since March 14, 2020
There will be a number of health / safety guidelines, including a requirement for face covering
The park was first closed on March 14, 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, which left it out of use for more than a year.
However, some rides and attractions are not yet open – it is not clear which rides and attractions are involved.
Capacity limits will be in effect, with Los Angeles’ current status within the state allowing for 25 percent capacity, it said ABC7
Temperature checks are carried out at the entrance and a face cover is required. In the meantime, social distancing is enforced and eating and drinking is only allowed in designated areas.
“We are thrilled to finally open Universal Studios Hollywood, get team members back to work and welcome guests to enjoy our great rides,” said Karen Irwin, President & COO of Universal Studios Hollywood.
Members of an annual and season pass can book tickets for a ‘preview’ the day before the official opening.
Those with passes can start booking tickets on April 5, while the general public will have to wait until April 8 to book their own tickets.
When the park opens, two new rides will be available: ‘Jurassic World – The Ride’ and ‘The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash’, featuring ’64 technologically advanced animated figures with hyper-realistic media and projection mapping.
In addition, only California residents are allowed to enter the park at this time, which is in accordance with state mandates.
Additionally, Universal Studios Hollywood is only open to California residents for now
Universal Orlando reopened in June after being closed for just a few months
After Universal Orlando reopened, capacity constraints in the park quickly became a problem
“It has been a very challenging year and we are very happy to have arrived at this point.”
Disneyland, which closed on the same day as Universal Studios Hollywood, recently announced that it would reopen on April 30, meaning Universal Studios has a two-week head start.
Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia will reopen on Thursday, the first day allowed by state guidelines.
Meanwhile, Universal Orlando reopened over the summer and soon found that capacity limits were being reached.
Crowd became a problem especially during the holiday season, often an annual favor for the amusement park industry.
On December 30, the theme park reached its capacity limit within 10 minutes of opening the day at 8 a.m.
“We have done our best to provide a great experience for our guests while managing park visit and access to our attractions as part of our COVID health and safety protocols,” Universal said in a statement at the time.
“ We do our best during a busy holiday season, while making sure we don’t compromise our strict protocols and we ask guests for their patience and understanding. ”
To date, more than 30.3 million people have been infected with COVID-19 in the United States
The number of coronavirus cases has leveled off in Los Angeles County in recent weeks, although COVID-19 remains a threat.
On Monday, the province reported 378 new cases, for a total of 1,218,583. They also reported seven new deaths, with a total death toll of 23,084.
In the United States, more than 30.3 million people are infected with COVID-19, with 550,071 people dead from the disease.