So Disneyland is reopening on July 17, right?
Well, not so fast.
When the Disneyland Resort announced earlier this month that its theme parks would return on the 65th anniversary of Disneyland's July 17, 1955 opening, it carefully noted that this was a "proposed" reopening date. So far, the state of California has not given Disneyland - or any other theme park in the state - permission to return.
And now, a coalition of unions representing many Disneyland cast members has told California Governor Gavin Newsom that they don't yet believe it is safe to grant that permission just yet.
"We are not yet satisfied that it is safe to reopen the Resort," the unions said in a letter to Gov. Newsom posted on UNITE HERE Local 11's Facebook page. "Each member Union of CRLU [Coalition of Resort Labor Unions] has met with the Company to discuss terms for reopening. Although Disney has provided some information and accommodated some of our concerns, such as the need for the company to take temperatures of all cast members as they enter the worksite, there are numerous questions about safety which Disney has not yet answered."
The unions praised Disneyland's decision to close in March and to pay cast members for several weeks following the closure. And it said that member unions are in ongoing discussions with the resort about reopening procedures.
According to some front-line Disneyland cast members, the company is beginning to schedule new safety protocol training sessions for the cast. Gov. Newsom yesterday issued a statewide order mandating the use of masks while in public, in an effort to turn around the recent increase in Covid-19 cases in the state. California, along with many states across the country - including Florida, has been seeing an increase in cases as they ease stay-at-home restrictions.
On the east coast, the Walt Disney World Resort today provided new details about its "Disney Park Pass System" for guests to reserve dates to visit its parks under their new capacity controls. Disneyland yesterday emailed its annual passholders to say that information would be coming about its new reservation system.
When the parks reopen, Disney has said that it will require masks and temperature checks for all guests and cast members, on both coasts, as well as capacity controls to promote safe social distancing, among other new health and safety procedures.Tweet
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