Disneyland Delays Planned Reopening Of Theme Parks And Resort Hotels
Disneyland Resort’s anticipated July 17 reopening has been delayed, and will not re-open on the parks 65th birthday. The announcement comes as the company moves forward with plans to reopen the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida — despite concerns that it could exacerbate the spread of the coronavirus.
While government approval was given to the conglomerate to reopen with new health and safety protocols at Shanghai Disney Resort, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, the resorts in California have not yet been granted approval for reopening.
Today, The Walt Disney Company released a statement saying that it would delay announcing its reopening date until sometime after July 4. The Disney statement said, in part:
“The State of California has now indicated that it will not issue theme park reopening guidelines until sometime after July 4. Given the time required for us to bring thousands of cast members back to work and restart our business, we have no choice but to delay the reopening of our theme parks and resort hotels until we receive approval from government officials. Once we have a clearer understanding of when guidelines will be released, we expect to be able to communicate a reopening date.”
The full statement can be read below:
The Downtown Disney District will still reopen on July 9, the company said, noting that the reopening had been previously approved in line with restaurant and retail openings throughout the state.
According to the announcement, Disneyland will have to negotiate agreements with the unions in order for cast members to return to work. Currently, they have signed agreements with 20 union affiliates, including The Master Services Union — which represents the resort’s retail cast in Downtown Disney.
Disneyland will remain closed until further notice. For more information, visit the official Disneyland website by clicking here.
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