Disney World workers have serious concerns about their own health and safety as the park looks to reopen next month.
“More than 6,300 people have signed a petition urging Disney to reconsider its strategy to reopen its Florida theme parks and protect its ‘Magic Makers’ amid the coronavirus pandemic. Disney World employees launched the petition this week, as the Sunshine State’s COVID-19 cases surged past 100,000.
Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom at the Walt Disney Resort near Orlando are on track to begin a phased reopening on July 11, and Epcot and Hollywood Studios parks are reopening on July 15, marking the return of tens of thousands of employees and guests. But experts warned last week that Florida could be the next epicenter of coronavirus in the U.S. if social distancing measures aren’t followed.
‘Reconsider the opening of theme parks and resorts until a time when COVID-19 cases are no longer rising and no longer posing risk of spreading this disease to our working cast/team members, their families, and our theme park guests.’ Katie Belisle, an Attractions Hostess at the park, wrote in the petition, addressed to Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings and Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer.
The petition argues that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ multiphase reopening plan stated that theme parks would open in the second phase, once virus cases trended downward and there was no evidence of a resurgence. But in the last week, cases in the state have skyrocketed.”
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