Keep Universal Studios Closed During the Summer Months

Keep Universal Studios Closed During the Summer Months

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This specific request asks Universal to strongly consider reopening any of its parks during the summer months and will highlight some of the reasons for such concerns. First, the obvious: the amount of COVID-19 cases has remained high, and by some metrics, has remained rather steady for a number of weeks now. Despite much of the country being under lockdown, we have not seen the precipitous decline we’ve been clamoring to see. With many states reopening, it seems likely that these numbers would increase further. Based on the method(s) of transmission and the detrimental effects of mass crowding, it seems extremely likely that the opening of Universal Studios would potentiate the increase of new infections. This puts tremendous risk(s) on team members, those in the local communities, as well as those around the nation. Also, Universal’s main competitor, Disney, seems to be making decisions that are more mindful. While July still seems too early, Disney is not reopening for almost a month-and-a-half after Universal. Furthermore, Disney made no mention of opening its water park. Universal intends to open its theme parks and water park on June 5th. Universal’s actions, in comparison, seem downright shameful and lacking nearly as much empathy for the safety of its guests and the community. 


Beyond the desire to buy some more time, the reason this request is outlining a closure specifically through summer is due to the concern regarding the weather. Based on guidelines put forth by Universal, park guests will be required to wear a facial mask whilst attending the park(s). With Universal Studio’s location being in Orlando, Florida, there are many days where the temperature is at, or exceeding 100 degrees, coupled with 100 percent humidity. This, in it of itself, poses tremendous risks to our individual lives, our families, as well as to the companies team members. Given this, it seems like a prudent policy for the company to not consider opening until these high temperatures settle down.

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