Disneyland Employees Stage Rally Demanding Reopening of Amusement Parks
Dozens of people gathered outside Disneyland Saturday, urging officials to reopen California amusement parks amid the pandemic.
The CBS subsidiary KCAL reports that the demonstration was attended by a mixture of park visitors and laid-off employees from Disneyland and Universal Studios. Both theme parks were closed back in March due to concerns about the coronavirus. However, their shopping and dining areas reopened with restrictions in the summer.
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"We have been coming here for years since (my daughter) was about three months old," Jennifer Grafius told the point of sale. "The cast have always been here to support us and they make sure we have a good time. We have to support them. It's our turn to be out here on the sidewalk to get their jobs back."
About 40 people attended the rally. Some of them held signs addressed to California Governor Gavin Newsom.
About a month ago Disney Parks Chairman Josh D'Amaro publicly pressured California to reopen the theme park, saying local officials should "treat theme parks like any other sector and help us reopen".
A few weeks later, Governor Newsom held a press conference saying the state was working with the parks to set guidelines for a safe reopening, but officials insisted they were "in no rush".
As Deadline pointed out, his comments were made the same day Disney World announced the layoff of nearly 9,000 part-time union workers.
Dr. Pamela Hymel, Disney Parks' chief medical officer, issued a statement below, insisting that the company has taken the necessary steps to ensure operations can resume with minimal risk.
"The fact of the matter is that since March we've been taking a solid science-based approach to responsibly reopening our parks and resorts around the world," she wrote. “Our health and safety protocols were developed in consultation with epidemiologists and data scientists, following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and experts from local and health authorities. All other theme parks in the US and around the world were allowed to join our proven Open up ability to work with responsible health and safety protocols. "
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