According to The Sacramento Bee, Disney chairman Bob Iger has quit California governor Gavin Newsom’s economic task force. A Disney spokesperson confirmed the information last night but wouldn’t say why or precisely when Iger left the task force.
Newsom announced the economic task force back in April. Iger was among the most prominent business representatives on the task force, along with Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and Apple CEO Tim Cook.
The news of Iger leaving the task force comes as the state of California is preparing to issue theme park reopening guidelines. The California Attractions and Parks Association is urging the governor not to finalize a draft of the reopening guidance that the association saw yesterday.
“While we are aligned on many of the protocols and health and safety requirements, there are many others that need to be modified if they are to lead to a responsible and reasonable amusement park reopening plan,” the association wrote. “We ask the Governor not to finalize guidance for amusement parks before engaging the industry in a more earnest manner, listening to park operators’ expertise, and collaborating with the industry on a plan that will allow for amusement parks to reopen responsibly while still keeping the health and safety of park employees and guests a top priority.”
Disney has repeatedly shared with the governor’s office health and safety measures that are working at other Disney theme parks that have reopened.
The administration plans to issue theme park reopening guidelines sometime today. Newsom denies bowing to political pressure from Disney to allow parks to reopen.
“We are not putting the health and safety of people visiting this state or recreating in this state at theme parks at risk,” Newsom said during a press conference yesterday.
Stay tuned for more information regarding California theme park reopenings.