Universal Studios theme parks to remain closed through May 31

Universal Studios theme parks to remain closed through May 31

ORLANDO — Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood will remain closed at least through May 31.

“We continue to respond to current conditions and make the health and safety of team members and guests our top priority,” says a new announcement from Universal Studios.

The closure includes the theme parks and Universal CityWalk at both destinations. The Universal Orlando Resort hotels have also temporarily suspended operations through this time period.  “We will continue to monitor the situation and make adjustments as needed, based on guidance from health agencies and government officials.”

The company has also made adjustments to its payroll. ”Taking care of our team members during this difficult and challenging time remains one of our most important priorities. We are working hard to find solutions that also allow us to sustain our business.”

Universal Studios team members will be paid at 100% through April 19. Beginning April 20, nearly all team members will be paid at 80% of their pay, with work hours adjusted accordingly.

The company adds: “A small group of team members will be asked to continue working at 100% and will continue to be paid at that level. We have also made the difficult decision that we will furlough our part-time hourly workers beginning May 3. During this time, we will fully cover the cost of benefit plans for those team members who have them.

“All of these team members remain in our thoughts – and, while we don’t yet know when, we look forward to returning them to work one day.”