Orange County

Universal Orlando drops COVID-19 testing mandate for unvaccinated employees

ORLANDO, Fla. — Universal Orlando confirmed Friday that the theme park is no longer requiring its employees to get weekly COVID-19 tests if that have not been vaccinated for the virus.

READ: CDC: Boosters 90% effective in preventing severe COVID-19, hospitalizations

The change comes after the Supreme Court ruling against COVID-19 vaccination and weekly testing mandates for businesses last week.

Universal Orlando had announced last week that workers at the theme park will be required to be vaccinated by Feb. 9 or undergo weekly COVID-19 tests.

READ: One in five Americans have been infected with COVID-19, according to statistics

In a five-page letter that was sent to employees on Jan. 12, those who don’t comply with the new rules could face penalties up to termination.

Officials has said about 90% of active Florida-based cast members were fully vaccinated.

READ: Free N95 masks: Federal government to distribute more than 400 million masks

Click here to download the free WFTV news and weather apps, and click here to watch the latest news on your Smart TV.