Universal Studios cancels Halloween Horror Nights due to ongoing pandemic

With the growing health concerns around the coronavirus, Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort announced the cancellation of Halloween Horror Nights for 2020.  

The annual event takes place September through October and draws thousands of guests each year. 

“We know this decision will disappoint our fans and guests. We are disappointed too. But we look forward to creating an amazing event in 2021,” park officials said in a statement online

Officials say they continue to face ongoing business restrictions and uncertainty around its opening timeframe.

The theme park shutdown in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic and remains closed.

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There is no official date of when the park will reopen. Park officials had plans to reopen in early summer but a spike in cases caused them to extend their closure. 

However, some stores and restaurants in City Walk reopened to the public in June.

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As part of the reopening phase more restaurants are offering outdoor dining services, masks are required at all time, hand sanitizer stations have been placed around the area and guests are required to have their temperatures checked prior to entering City Walk. 

The park has also added vending machines that include face masks, hand sanitizer and gloves. 

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