Universal Orlando to require COVID-19 vaccinations or weekly testing for employees
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Universal Orlando will require all theme park employees to be fully vaccinated or undergo weekly COVID-19 testing starting February 9 to comply with regulations from the Occupational Health and Safety Administration.
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Under the federal government's new regulations, which took effect Monday, companies with 100 or more employees must require their workforces to get vaccinated or mandate weekly COVID-19 testing for unvaccinated employees.
"The health and safety of our guests and team members has been our ongoing focus during the pandemic," a Universal Orlando spokesperson told FOX Business in a statement. "Our team members share this commitment, with the majority telling us they already have been vaccinated."
Universal noted that it will initially provide free, on-site testing to team members. It also emphasized that it will be "monitoring legal action involving these regulations by a variety of state and private interests and will adapt accordingly if there are changes."
The regulations are being challenged in the U.S. Supreme Court.
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In August, Universal started requiring employees to share their vaccination status but stopped short of implementing a vaccine mandate.