Universal Beijing Resort prepares for safe inauguration amid COVID-19

Universal Beijing Resort (UBR) in Beijing's Tongzhou District has braced up for a safe opening since Friday with a range of COVID-19 prevention and control measures in place.

Around 80 intelligent terminals have been installed at the main entrance of the resort to check visitors' identities and health conditions. In addition, more than 22 mass temperature screenings have been set up inside the resort, according to UBR.

Apart from these screenings, announcements in both Chinese and English languages will be broadcast regularly. More than 100,000 signs have been put up to remind guests to wear masks and maintain social distancing. The resort management has made available 1,023 hand sanitizers stationed across the resort for convenient disinfection.

"I would have to say the key focus of anything we are doing right now is to ensure the safety of guests and to make sure we have proper pandemic controls in place," said Tom Mehrmann, president and general manager of the resort. "We recognize what an important time it is right now in China to control the virus as well as to open safely."

"I think it's quite safe, because first of all, people are wearing masks when they come to the resort. Besides, there are a lot of hand sanitizers and very clear one-meter-distance signs inside the park," said Wang Qiong, one of the visitors to the park.

UBR is the fifth Universal Studios theme park in the world and the first in China. Construction of the resort began in August 2018, including the Universal Studios theme park, the Universal CityWalk entertainment complex and two hotels.

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(With input from agencies)

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