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Guests peer through the closed gate to Universal’s Islands of Adventure next to Universal CityWalk on May 14 in Orlando, Florida. Stephen M. Dowell / Orlando Sentinel / AP

Orange County, Florida Mayor Jerry Demings presented a letter to Governor Ron DeSantis this morning, supporting Universal Orlando’s plans to reopen its theme parks.

In the attached letter, Demings writes that an on-site inspection of the safety procedures and protocols was conducted by a team of doctors and senior members of the planning, development and environmental services department of Orange County and the Florida Department of Health. .

Universal Orlando presented a plan to begin a gradual reopening of its theme parks on June 1st, initially only for members of its team.

Here are some details about their reopening plan:

  • On June 3 and June 4, Universal hopes to invite guests as annual pass holders, with an opening to the public on June 5.
  • John Sprouls, CEO of Universal Orlando, and Rich Costales, executive vice president of operations at the Universal Orlando resort, said all guests would need to wear face masks and pass temperature tests to enter the parks.
  • A disposable mask will be provided free of charge to guests who have not brought their own.

DeSantis said Wednesday about the theme park reopening proposals, “Obviously I want to get to yes, so I think if you work with your local [officials], you will be quite fit. “

Universal has theme parks in Orlando, Los Angeles, Japan and Singapore, all temporarily closed. However, the CityWalk portion of Universal Orlando – with shops and restaurants – was partially reopened on May 14th.

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