ORLANDO, FL (AP) — Beginning next month, workers at Universal Orlando theme parks will be required to fully vaccinate or take a weekly COVID-19 test to meet federal guidelines, company representatives said Wednesday.
Most of the workers have already been vaccinated. The new policy does not affect visitors.
Under federal regulations that took effect Monday, companies with 100 or more employees must require workers to vaccinate or not to vaccinate employees to undergo weekly COVID tests. The regulations are being challenged in the US Supreme Court.
Universal officials said in a statement that workers at Universal theme parks must be fully vaccinated by February 9 or be tested every week. They noted that the company will initially provide free trials on the site.
“The health and safety of our visitors and team members has been our constant focus during the pandemic,” the statement said. “We will also monitor legal actions involving these regulations by a variety of government and private interests and will adapt accordingly if there are changes.”
Last fall, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law a law that prohibits private companies from obtaining vaccination mandates unless they allow workers to opt out for medical reasons, religious beliefs, or immunity based on past infections, regular testing, or an agreement to wear protective gear. Federal law trumps Florida law.
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