Gov. Ron DeSantis Speaking at Universal Orlando Ahead of Friday’s Reopening to Public

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is expected to speak Wednesday at an event at Universal Studios Orlando, just days before the theme park reopens to the public on Friday following months of closures due to the coronavirus pandemic.

DeSantis is holding a 12 p.m. news conference at the NBC Sports Grill and Brew, located in the CityWalk area of the park. This comes one day after Universal opened hotels located at the resort portion of their property.

Universal
Orlando said in a statement issued last Friday that hotels will be carefully
managed in phases, and will reopen with a range of best practice and hygiene
procedures.

Universal’s
resorts include Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando, Loews Royal Pacific
Resort, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort,
Universal’s Aventura Hotel and Universal’s Endless Summer Resort-Surfside Inn
and Suites.

Guests
staying in the resort hotels will be able to visit Universal’s theme parks on
June 3rd and 4th, before they open to the public on June 5th.

Social
distancing and face coverings will be required for guests and employees in public
areas at Universal resorts as will temperature checks be required for guests,
employees and vendors. Guests will be asked to self-screen for symptoms and
comply with quarantine orders prior to arrival. There will also be hand
sanitizer stations in public areas and elevator landings.

DeSantis
is also expected to comment on the Republican National Convention’s expected
move from North Carolina after that state’s Governor announced he would not
give the event an exemption from safety protocols in the pandemic. DeSantis had
previously stated he would welcome the RNC, as well as the Democratic National Convention,
in Florida if they needed to be moved.

Universal Studios and WTVJ-TV operate under the same parent company, NBCUniversal.


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