Universal Orlando says CityWalk will begin to reopen this week

Voodoo Doughnuts are back in the mix.

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Following the announcement that Disney Springs will reopen later this month, Universal Orlando now says their entertainment district, CityWalk, will reopen with limited capacity this week.

This afternoon, the company announced the area will begin reopening on Thursday, May 14, and guests will have to adhere to new safety measures, including mandatory face coverings, as well as temperature checks. 

If a guest has a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher, they will not be allowed to enter, says Universal. 

Universal employees will also have to wear face masks and undergo temperature checks.

According to Universal, restaurants will be open daily from 4 p.m.-10 p.m. and will have limited menus and limited seating available. The restaurants listed to reopen this week include Red Oven Pizza Bakery, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Restaurant & Market, Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville (outside seating and Lone Palm area only), Voodoo Doughnut and Auntie Anne’s. 

In terms of retail, the Universal Studios Store, Hart & Huntington Tattoo Company’s retail shop, Hollywood Drive-In Golf and a few merchandise carts will also be open to the public. 

While plenty of CityWalk will remain closed, including all venues and movie theaters, Universal says self-parking will be free. 

This is the first Universal property to reopen after the company’s hotels and theme parks closed last March due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

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Colin Wolf has been working with weekly newspapers since 2007 and has been the Digital Editor for Creative Loafing Tampa since 2019. He is also the Director of Digital Content Strategy for CL's parent company, Euclid Media Group.

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