Photo by John Schreiber.

After a yearlong closure forced by the pandemic, Universal Studios Hollywood will reopen for annual and season pass holders Thursday, with the general public welcomed back starting Friday.

Park officials said most rides will be operational, but some attractions will remain shuttered to comply with health restrictions. Face coverings will be required for all visitors, physical-distancing measures will be in place and everyone entering the park will have their temperature checked.

Eating and drinking will be restricted to designated dining areas.

Per California health rules, only in-state residents will be permitted.

With Los Angeles County in the orange tier of the state’s COVID economic blueprint, capacity will be limited 25%.

“We are incredibly thrilled to finally be able to open Universal Studios Hollywood, return team members to work and welcome guests back to enjoy our amazing rides,” Karen Irwin, president and chief operating officer of Universal Studios Hollywood, said when reopening plans were announced. “It has been a very challenging year and we are overjoyed to have arrived at this moment.”

Annual and season pass holders are being offered a series of complimentary “Bonus Days” on select dates, beginning Thursday, with other dates planned through May 16. Regular use of the annual and season passes will resume May 17.

Anyone who purchased a park ticket prior to April 8 will have to make an advance reservation at to schedule a date to visit.

The park’s newest ride, “The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash,” will be open when the park welcomes back visitors.

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