Face masks and temperature checks: Universal Orlando reopens with new safety measures

Universal Orlando is back open, along with a host of other businesses, as phase 2 of reopening continues.

Universal visitors Chris and Lisa Nonnenmann said it was good to get back to business.

“We’ve been cooped up, it seems like forever, for a couple of months now. We just had to do something,” Lisa said.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis agreed.

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“We're really fortunate in Florida, particularly these 64 counties. It's not like there haven't been challenges. There obviously have been challenges, but I think generally speaking have weathered this better than anyone had predicted,” he said.

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Bars, movie theaters, and other entertainment venues can open back up at 50-percent capacity, and now retail stores and gyms will be able to open at 100-percent. They must observe proper guidelines for social distancing and sanitation, though.

That was good enough for some downtown Orlando bars.

“79 days is a long time to be shut down for a small business so we’re excited to finally get a chance to open the doors and get back to doing what we do,” said Jeff Ekas, owner of Casey's Bar.

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Orange County leaders said people needed to stay vigilant, though. The state is seeing an uptick in new coronavirus infections as phase 2 moves forward.

“Observe the social distancing, masking, washing your hands,” said Dr. Raul Pino, Orange County Health Director, “that protects people who are most at risk for poor outcomes.”