“The health and safety of our team members and guests is always our top priority...”

Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood have extended the dates they will be closed again as coronavirus continues to spread throughout the United States.

After originally being set to reopen in March, and then April 19, the date has been postponed to May 31.

Universal Studios entrance
Universal Studios
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"We will be eager to welcome you back to our theme parks and destinations when the time comes," read a statement from Universal. "For now, we must make the health and safety of our guests and team members our top priority and we will continue to take guidance from health agencies and government officials."

The extension applies to Universal Orlando Resort, Universal Studios Hollywood, and Universal CityWalk at both destinations.  The Universal Orlando Resort hotels are also temporarily closed, the statement noted.

Also at the Orlando resort, events like Grad Bash 2020 and Gradadventure 2020 are cancelled. Blue Man Group Concerts scheduled through May 31 are also cancelled, Blue Man Group concerts,

"Out of an abundance of caution and to assist with our nation’s preventive efforts, Universal Orlando Resort will temporarily close its theme parks," the park confirmed to Travel + Leisure of their initial closure in March. "The health and safety of our team members and guests is always our top priority."

Park tickets have now been extended to Dec. 18, 2020 in California. For entry, a guest must bring their original ticket showing they intended to go to the park during the temporary closure. In Florida, all tickets will be for up to a year from the date they were purchased.

Annual passes for both parks that were paid in full will be extended by the number of days the park is closed.

Universal's closing follows the announcement that Disney has also closed its parks.

These closures are part of a growing list of popular tourist attractions and cultural institutions that have shut their doors in recent days. In New York, for example, Broadway theaters are now closed til June while several museums, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim, and The Museum of Modern Art, have all closed.

And in Washington D.C., all Smithsonian museums have temporarily closed down, including the National Zoo.

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