Squeezed by attendance limits at its theme parks and different restrictions because of the coronavirus pandemic, The Walt Disney Co. stated Tuesday it deliberate to put off 28,000 employees in its parks division in California and Florida.
Two-thirds of the deliberate layoffs contain part-time employees however they ranged from salaried workers to non-union hourly employees, Disney officers stated.
Disney’s parks closed final spring because the pandemic began spreading within the U.S. The Florida parks reopened this summer season, however the California parks have but to reopen as the corporate awaits steerage from the state of California.
In a letter to workers, Josh D’Amaro, chairman of Disney Parks, Expertise and Product, stated his administration workforce had labored exhausting to attempt to keep away from layoffs.
He stated that they had lower bills, suspended tasks and modified operations, nevertheless it wasn’t sufficient given limits on the variety of individuals allowed into the park due to pandemic-related measures.
“As heartbreaking as it’s to take this motion, that is the one possible possibility we’ve got in mild of the extended influence of COVID-19 on our enterprise,” he stated, “together with restricted capability as a result of bodily distancing necessities and the continued uncertainty relating to the length of the pandemic.”
Disney officers stated the corporate would supply severance packages for the staff the place applicable, and likewise supply different providers to assist employees with job placement.