Due to the impact of COVID-19, Disney is laying off 28,000 cast members.
Josh D’Amaro, head of parks at Disney, sent a letter to cast members today with this announcement.
“As you can imagine, a decision of this magnitude is not easy. For the last several months, our management team has worked tirelessly to avoid having to separate anyone from the company. We’ve cut expenses, suspended capital projects, furloughed our cast members while still paying benefits, and modified our operations to run as efficiently as possible, however, we simply cannot responsibly stay fully staffed while operating at such limited capacity.”
Disney’s theme parks in Florida, Paris, Shanghai, Japan, and Hong Kong have all reopened with limited capacity and updated safety measures. Disney’s theme parks in California, however, are still closed with no sign of reopening soon.
“In light of the prolonged impact of COVID-19 on our business, including limited capacity due to physical distancing requirements and the continued uncertainty regarding the duration of the pandemic – exacerbated in California by the State’s unwillingness to lift restrictions that would allow Disneyland to reopen – we have made the very difficult decision to begin the process of reducing our workforce at our Parks, Experiences and Products segment at all levels, having kept non-working Cast Members on furlough since April, while paying healthcare benefits. Approximately 28,000 domestic employees will be affected, of which about 67% are part-time.” D’Amaro said in a statement, “We are talking with impacted employees as well as to the unions on next steps for union-represented Cast Members.”
Disney stores across the country have also been permanently closing.
This is heartbreaking news for Disney cast members and fans alike. We will continue to update if and when more information is released!
— Disney Parks News (@DisneyParksNews) September 29, 2020
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