Universal Orlando fires undisclosed number of employees

Nearly two months after reopening, Universal Orlando will fire an undisclosed number of employees.

The Florida theme park will reduce its workforce “to reflect current priorities and needs,” Tom Schroder, a spokesman for Universal, said in an email Monday.

Universal suspended construction of a new theme park, Epic Universe, due to the pandemic. Comcast, the owner of Universal Orlando, reported last week that the company’s theme park division revenue fell to $ 87 million, compared to $ 1.46 billion a year ago.

“We are prioritizing daily operations and shorter-term projects, and we continue our hiatus on longer-term projects, such as the Epic Universe, while allowing the tourism industry to recover,” said Shcroder.

Like other theme park operators across the country, Universal Orlando closed its doors in mid-March as the new coronavirus began to spread in the United States. It was the first of the large theme park operators to reopen when it received visitors again in early June. SeaWorld reopened in late June and Walt Disney World welcomed people again last month.

All parks have new rules that aim to limit the spread of the virus. Visitors and employees need to have their temperature checked and must wear face masks. Attendance has been limited to allow for social distancing in the parks.

The dismissed employees will be compensated and receive health benefits.

“As always, we are aware of the impact this will have on those affected by this decision and their families,” said Schroder.

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