Disneyland’s opening will be delayed after July 17, Walt Disney Co. reported. on Wednesday, saying it would wait for state instructions before setting a new target date.
The destination in Anaheim, along with its Disney California Adventure subsidiary, has been closed since mid-March amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Before the announced delay, he was supposed to reopen for his 65th birthday.
But the number of cases of coronavirus infection is growing, and park staff are moving back to mid-July, citing safety concerns.
“California has already indicated that it will not issue instructions on opening a theme park until July 4,” the company said. This will not give the company enough time to withdraw full-time employees and prepare the parks for opening by mid-July.
Disney Grand California Hotel & Spa and Paradise Pier Hotel Disney, scheduled for July 23, will also be closed indefinitely.
Downtown Disney’s shopping and restaurant district, adjacent to the parks, is still due to open July 9th.
Disneyland reopened in Shanghai on May 11, while the shopping and dining district in Orlando, Florida, known as Disney Springs, May 20. Disneyland in Hong Kong opened last week. Theme parks at Walt Disney World Florida are due to open July 11th.
The postponement for Anaheim parks is coming in, as California and other parts of the country are seeing a significant increase in COVID-19 cases.
A dozen unions representing about 17,000 Disneyland employees sent a letter to Governor Gavin Newsom Last week, it was said that because of the coronavirus, opening a park would be unsafe. A Disney statement on Wednesday hinted at union fears and says the company has reached agreements that cover more than 11,000 of its employees.
Newsom office expressed support for the delay.
“The governor appreciates Disney’s responsiveness to his concerns about reopening amid the recent rise in COVID-19 infections in many Southern California counties,” said Nathan Click. “The state and our public health experts continue to maintain contact with the company and its employees, as well as other theme parks in the state, as we monitor and combat the spread of the virus.”
Andrea Zinder, president of the Local 324 Food and Trade Union, which represents Disney’s leading retailers, said on Wednesday that while the group agreed to the Disney recall process, the company has yet to resolve many of its problems.
“We have indicated several times that we are not convinced that adequate security measures have been fully adopted,” said Zinder. “There is still much work to be done. We believe that this is a good sign that Disney is ready to review and more broadly consider some of our solutions. ”
The main among the requests of the union is the local testing of COVID-19 for employees who are in constant contact with the guests, and additional paid time in case the employee must independently conduct quarantine.
Zinfer’s comments were supported by Maria Hernandez, a spokeswoman for Unite Here Local 11, which represents hospitality workers. The group helps organize a car protest in the Disneyland area on Saturday to inform it of the health and safety concerns of its employees.
“Our Disney response is not putting off whether they open on July 17 or July 5 … it’s about taking the necessary measures, such as testing workers and ensuring proper cleaning,” the Unite Here statement said. The working group added that it received “a guarantee that protective shields will be provided to those who need them, but the main problems remain unresolved”.
Times staffer John Myers contributed to this report.