Universal Orlando to drop mask requirement for fully vaccinated guests

In December, the theme park operator reinstated the mask policy as COVID-19 cases surged due to the omicron variant

Guests who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will be able to ditch masks at Universal Orlando this upcoming weekend.

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A Universal Orlando spokesperson confirmed to FOX Business that guests will no longer be required to wear masks indoors or outdoors beginning Saturday, Feb. 12. Unvaccinated guests will be encouraged to wear masks while indoors. Guests are not required to show proof of vaccination.

The decision, which comes nearly two months after Universal reinstated its mask policy in response to a surge in cases due to the omicron variant, was "based on local trends and conditions."

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Visitors attend the Universal Studios theme park on its first day of reopening amid the coronavirus pandemic June 5, 2020, in Orlando, Fla. (Gerardo Mora/Getty Images)

Previously, guests were required to wear masks at all restaurants, shops, indoor hotel public areas and attractions. Masks were also required on transportation between Universal's CityWalk shopping district and resort and partner hotels and on Universal's SuperStar Shuttle service to and from Orlando International Airport. 

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Representatives for Walt Disney World and SeaWorld did not immediately return FOX Business' request for comment on whether they would follow suit and drop mask requirements for fully vaccinated guests. 

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As of Wednesday, Universal Orlando employees were required to be fully vaccinated or undergo weekly testing