Universal Orlando's face mask policy just got a bit tougher. The sprawling theme park resort has amended its terms by defining what is considered an "appropriate face covering" and when parkgoers are allowed to remove them.

"Guests must wear face-coverings at all times unless they are actively eating or drinking," the update says.

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Currently, masks with exhalation valves, mesh material or holes, and costume veils are barred from being worn as covering alternatives.

They must also cover the nose and mouth, and be able to fit "snugly" against the face.

Universal's move comes just one day after its chief rival, Walt Disney World, made a similar amendment to its policy. Both changes come after the state has seen spikes in COVID-19 cases.

Universal Orlando is making the move to prevent an outbreak on its property. The state is currently in the middle of a sobering spike of cases, which has made Florida one of the epicenters for the virus. 

 

After spending months shuttered, the theme park resort reopened to guests on June 5, albeit with a tightly capped capacity and additional safety measures to keep parkgoers safe. 

 

All visitors must first pass a temperature check before they enter the gates at Universal CityWalk, and from there, face masks must be worn, and social distancing must be followed.

 

To ensure guests follow the rules, the resort added special ambassadors to help facilitate their safety message.

 

With the reopening of Walt Disney World, Central Florida's four major theme parks are now back up and operating. To lure guests back to the parks, the theme park giants have thrown out major deals aimed primarily at Florida residents.

 

From Disney World offering cheap Flex tickets to multiple deals at SeaWorld Orlando, the parks are now relying on locals to get their operations back on a sound footing. 

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