Universal Orlando will require masks for team members working indoors, encourage them for guests

ORLANDO, Fla. — Universal Orlando Resort announced Thursday it will require all team members to wear face coverings while working indoors in guest areas.

The policy begins Saturday.

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In addition, all team members will continue to practice social distancing, the resort said.

The resort also said it is encouraging all guests “to follow CDC guidelines and local directives to wear face coverings while indoors across our destination.”

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Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings declared a state of local emergency on Wednesday due to surging COVID-19 cases.

He also announced that he is urging everyone to wear a mask indoors immediately.

“We have to take immediate action,” Demings said.

Adam Poulisse, WFTV.com

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