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Universal Orlando extends coronavirus closure through May 31

  • Universal Orlando extends coronavirus closure through May 31
    The company said all annual and seasonal passes will automatically be extended by the number of days the theme parks are closed. All monthly payments were postponed effective March 25. Universal Orlando extends coronavirus closure through May 31

Universal Orlando announced Thursday that its theme parks, resorts and CityWalk will remain closed through at least May 31.

Universal said it is continuing to monitor the situation and will make adjustments as needed.

The company said all annual and seasonal passes will automatically be extended by the number of days the theme parks are closed. All monthly payments were postponed effective March 25.

Universal also said it will furlough its part-time workers and cut many of its employees pay to 80 percent of their normal salaries.

Part-time hourly employees who participate in a benefits plan will continue to be enrolled in their plan, with the company paying weekly contributions on their behalf, Universal said.

Universal CEO Tom Williams wrote in a statement the decisions on paycuts and furloughs were "difficult choices" and that the situation would continue to be monitored and more changes could come.

Earlier this month, Disney announced that its Central Florida theme parks would be closed indefinitely. Disney also recently announced furloughs for some non-union staff.