UK to USA flights: Florida opens its doors as Universal Orlando restarts theme parks

As the UK enters another week of lockdown, the rest of the world prepares to reopen to kickstart their country’s tourism industries. The aviation industry is a major sector of travel that has been hugely disrupted by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Currently, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) states that Britons are not allowed to fly abroad unless it is for an “essential” purpose.


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This advice is set to remain in place “indefinitely”.

But as the UK continues to batten down the hatches, with quarantine travel rules coming into place tomorrow, the USA is already opening up some of its major tourist hotspots.

At the moment, UK citizens are barred from flying and entering the USA.

US President Donald Trump blocked flights from 26 European countries including the UK in March.

But he has also announced plans to reopen the borders in the future to Europe as countries begin to recover from coronavirus.

The move has sparked hope for Britons hoping for a holiday to the USA this year.

During a White House press conference, he said: “We’ll be doing certain announcements on other countries including Europe as we move along.

“And where they’re making progress we’ll start to open it up, but only where they’re making progress. They’re making some good progress.

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“I think we’re making very good progress. We’re making very good progress on the economy, the numbers are better than anybody would have anticipated.”

And now theme parks in the US are beginning to reopen with new safety measures in place.

Universal Orlando has reopened with new measures in place which will include hand sanitisers and temperatures checks.

Social distancing rules will also remain in force which includes those working at the park as Disney characters.

The new requirements will span all three parks: Universal Studios, Islands Of Adventure and Volcano Bay.

Customers have also been asked to wear masks, only being permitted to remove them when they are on a water ride.

The parks also have enhanced cleaning procedures in place to give their customers peace of mind.

Guests are also asked to order food and drinks using their phones.

Despite Universal opening, Walt Disney World will not open until June 11.

Universal and Disney’s locations in California are yet to receive the go-ahead to reopen.

UK theme parks will not be allowed to reopen until July 4 at the earliest.

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