Disney has recently laid off its 28,000 employees in its U.S. parks business and its chairman Bob Iger too resigned from the California Gov. This move came amid the lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Even Josh D’Amaro, the chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products sent out letters to let Disneyland reopen and to “treat theme parks the way you treat other sectors.”
California’s top health official said in response to the letter: “We’re working hard to get that out in a responsible way as soon as possible. We’re working with those industries to put out something that’s thoughtful … to ensure those activities are done responsibly.”
California Attractions and Parks Association said, While we are aligned on many of the protocols and health and safety requirements, there are many others that need to be modified if they are to lead to a responsible and reasonable amusement park reopening plan,” the trade group that reps the state’s permanent amusement park industry wrote. “We ask the Governor not to finalize guidance for amusement parks before engaging the industry in a more earnest manner, listening to park operators’ expertise, and collaborating with the industry on a plan that will allow for amusement parks to reopen responsibly while still keeping the health and safety of park employees and guests a top priority.”
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