Universal Orlando has announced that it will officially reopen on June 5th. This represents the first major theme park in the Orlando area to reopen after the COVID-19 shutdown. All of the theme parks in the Orlando area have been closed for several months.

Universal has stated that guests can expect the following changes when they arrive at the park:

* Park capacity will be reduced to encourage social distancing
* Parking will be staggered to enable people to enter and exit their vehicles safely
* Marked areas for standing in line for rides to encourage distancing
* Requirement for all guests to wear masks at all times in the park
* Temperature checks at the entrance. No admission for anyone with a temperature registering over 100.4 degrees.
* All water rides and misting areas will be closed for safety
* Only groups traveling together will be placed together on rides
* Guests must use hand sanitizer where available
* Virtual queuing will be expanded to more rides
* Single rider lines will be eliminated
* All restaurants will only offer one-time-use menus
* Restaurants and shows will have limited capacity to ensure distancing measures
* Park will encourage mobile ordering and payments as much as possible and try to reduce the use of cash in all areas of the park

Universal had to submit a plan of action to the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force for approval and gain final approval from the governor before being granted permission to reopen. Universal's Islands of Adventure and Universal's Volcano Bay will also be reopening on June 5th. At this time, CityWalk has already partially reopened.

Universal's hotels, including the Aventura Resort and the Loews Royal Pacific Resort, are currently taking reservations for stays commencing June 4th and beyond.

Adam Luehrs is a contributing writer at GET.com based in California. He likes traveling to new and exciting destinations, preferably on his credit card company's dime. When not on the road, Adam enjoys hiking around the mountains of San Diego, trying out new food and reading history books. Email: adam.luehrs@get.com.