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.


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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