In news which most definitely should not come as a surprise, Universal Studios has pushed back its re-opening date in both Hollywood and Orlando from April 1st to April 19th.
The announcement about the closure of the theme parks came on March 12th, and the coronavirus pandemic has only worsened since then. Universal closed down the same day as Disneyland and Walt Disney World, so a similar announcement from Disney is quite likely imminent.
“We are extending the closure of Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood through April 19,” reads the statement released today, “as we continue to respond to current conditions and make the health and safety of team members and guests our top priority.”
Orlando has recently strengthened restrictions on public gatherings and social distancing, and the 2020 Olympics has already been pushed back t0 2021 due to COVID-19 concerns.
Part of Universal Studios’ decision could be tied to the recent death of a 34-year-old man who visited both Universal Studios and Walt Disney World and then tested positive for coronavirus just a few days later. Being safe instead of sorry is the right move, however, and these closures could stretch well into 2020 depending what happens in April and May.