Universal Orlando will soon require team members to be vaccinated or undergo weekly COVID-19 tests

ORLANDO, Fla. — Workers at Universal Orlando Resort will soon be required to be vaccinated or undergo weekly COVID-19 tests.

Universal leaders wrote that the change is in direct response to the new Occupational Safety and Health Administration mandate that took effect on Monday.

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OSHA issued an emergency temporary standard on vaccines and testing.

Universal said its focus is maintaining a safe working environment.

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In a five-page letter sent to employees, Universal states that all team members working in any location on site will need their COVID-19 shots or proof of COVID-19 testing.

It also applies to those working with the company through a third party, like concessions and production cast and crew.

Team members who refuse a vaccine and opt to do weekly testing will need to wear a mask. The weekly testing requirement begins Feb. 9.

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Those who don’t comply with the new rules could face penalties up to termination.

The policy also states that if workers start exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, they will be asked to stay home and get tested.

Employees can’t return to work until they show a negative test.

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As for other Central Florida theme parks, Walt Disney World paused its COVID-19 vaccine rules for cast members in late November after Gov. Ron DeSantis banned requiring shots at work.

About 90% of active Florida-based cast members were fully vaccinated.

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