Disneyland’s reopening will be delayed beyond July 17, Walt Disney Co. announced Wednesday, saying it will wait for state guidelines before specifying a new target date.
The Anaheim destination, along with sister park Disney California Adventure, has been shut since mid-March in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Before the newly announced delay, it was slated to reopen in time for its 65th anniversary.
But coronavirus infections have been rising, and park workers have stood up against the mid-July date, referring to wellbeing concerns.
“California has now indicated that it will not issue theme park reopening guidelines until sometime after July 4,” Disney said in a statement, of one reason for the delay.
The company had also received pushback from unions representing 17,000 workers at its Disneyland Resort in Southern California, who said they were not persuaded the amusement park would be sufficiently protected to revive by the organization’s deadline.
Disney started shutting its amusement parks the world over in January because of the spread of the novel coronavirus. Disney toward the beginning of May said that measures to contain the pandemic had cut its benefits by $1.4 billion, most from its covered amusement parks.
Disney started reviving its amusement stops in May, beginning with Shanghai Disneyland, and a week ago revived Hong Kong Disneyland. In Florida, it has mostly revived its Disney Springs diversion and shopping complex.
“The governor appreciates Disney’s responsiveness to his concerns about reopening amid the recent increases in COVID-19 infections across many Southern California counties,” spokesperson Nathan Click said in a statement. “The state and our general wellbeing specialists keep on being in contact with the organization and their laborers just as other amusement parks in the state as we track and battle the spread of the infection.”
Andrea Zinder, leader of the United Food and Commercial Workers Association Local 324, which speaks to Disney’s bleeding-edge retail laborers, said Wednesday that while the gathering has consented to Disney’s review procedure, the organization still can’t seem to address a considerable lot of its interests.
“We have indicated several times that we are not convinced that adequate safety measures have been completely put in place,” Zinder said. “There’s more work to be finished. We think this is a decent sign, that Disney is eager to reevaluate and look more extensive at a portion of the things we have proposed.”
“Our response to Disney postponing it’s not about whether they open July 17 or July 5, it’s about taking necessary steps like testing workers and ensuring proper cleaning,” read a Unite Here statement. The labor group added that it had gained up the “affirmation that face shields will be given to the individuals who need them, yet significant issues stay uncertain.”