Universal Studios Hollywood announced it would officially be reopening at limited capacity on Friday, April 16.

“We’re rolling out the red carpet to resume operations and welcome guests back to the theme park beginning on Friday, April 16,” Universal said in a press release. “At this time, theme park visits are limited to California residents and party size is limited to a maximum of three households and ten people.”

Ticket sales will begin April 8 and will only be available to California residents, as of this writing.

Season pass members may begin making reservations for the reopening day earlier than the general public on April 5 and can use their passes on a more regular bases starting April 17.


The theme park’s indoor attractions cannot yet run under current COVID-19 regulations, but the Universal said “most rides will be operational” including its renovated Jurassic Park-themed ride.

Until the reopening, the theme park will continue its Taste of Universal outdoor dining and shopping experience.

Universal Studios will be allowed to reopen at 15% of its max capacity, in accordance with California’s current COVID-19 reopening guidelines. The capacity limit may increase if L.A. County reaches the “orange tier” of California’s Blueprint For A Safer Economy, which could happen as soon as next week with the county’s current rate of COVID-19 transmission.

Additional regulations include temperature checks at the entrance, mandatory face coverings, keeping 6 feet of distance from others and using hand sanitizer before boarding a ride.

Employees will also be given temperature checks, wear masks and be trained on additional cleaning and safety procedures.

Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia announced that it would reopen April 3 and Disneyland in neighboring Orange County said it would reopen its parks on April 30.

LA Weekly