Universal Orlando, Hollywood Parks Extends Closure Amid Ongoing Coronavirus Concerns
“The health and safety of our team members and guests is always our top priority...”
Both Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood have extended the dates they will be closed as coronavirus continues to spread throughout the United States.
Initially both Universal parks were set to close until March 15, but have since postponed their reopening date to April 19, USA Today confirmed.
"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. "The health and safety of our team members and guests is always our top priority."
Their initial announcement followed Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis recommendation that large events be cancelled and the practice of “social distancing” be implemented, according to the Miami Herald.
In California, Universal Hollywood closed on Saturday March 14.
The decision also came a week after California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency on March 5.
When it comes to refunding tickets, Universal’s Orlando parks will issue refunds for tickets booked from March 4 through April 15, for travel through Aug. 31, as well as any hotel or vacation package reservations cancelled 24 hours before the date of arrival for the same time period.
For Universal Studios Hollywood, guests who have questions about tickets are directed to call 866-258-6546.
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, Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered Broadway theaters to close 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.
Representatives for Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Travel + Leisure.