- The Walt
DisneyCo. announced on Tuesday that it’s laying off 28,000 employees as a result of Disneyparks in California and Florida remaining either closed or their capacity capped because of the coronavirus pandemic.
- In a statement, a
Disneyexecutive singled out California for particular blame, since Disneyland is not even allowed to be open at all there, compared to open with a capacity limit at the company’s Florida theme park. Disneyquickly closed its theme parks earlier this year just as the coronavirus pandemic was starting to take hold in the US.
The coronavirus pandemic is still raging across the US, putting business from small mom-and-pops all the way up to corporate giants like
The company’s parks can’t stay closed or, for those that are open, capped indefinitely, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products chairman Josh D’Amaro explained in a memo sent out to employees. That’s a reference to the fact that
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“We’ve cut expenses, suspended capital projects, furloughed our cast members while still paying benefits, and modified our operations to run as efficiently as possible,” D’Amaro’s letter reads. “However, we simply cannot responsibly stay fully staffed while operating at such limited capacity.
“As heartbreaking as it is to take this action, this is the only feasible option we have in light of the prolonged impact of COVID-19 on our business, including limited capacity due to physical distancing requirements and the continued uncertainty regarding the duration of the pandemic.”
In the statement below from D’Amaro that’s separate from his letter to employees, he particularly singles out the state of California, saying that the financial issues facing the company have been “exacerbated” by the “state’s unwillingness to lift restrictions that would allow Disneyland to reopen.”
— Disney Parks News (@DisneyParksNews) September 29, 2020
Most of the 28,000 layoffs announced Tuesday involved part-time workers. But
It’s not known how many workers would lose their jobs between Disney’s Florida and California operations, according to The Associated Press. But what is known is that Walt