And while the parks will remain closed until further notice, Disneyland Resort’s President Rebecca Campbell has sent out a letter to guests updating us about the current status of the parks.
In her statement, Campbell addressed the significant decisions Disney has had to make over the last 30 days that have so greatly impacted the lives of many guests and Cast Members. She restated that the decision to close the parks, “was an unprecedented step for us – an emotional one for all of our cast and guests – but one that was done in an abundance of caution and safety.”
Campbell’s letter when on to state, “Then, to keep them safe, we implemented a stay-at-home policy for the majority of our cast members while continuing to pay them for the first full month of closure. Starting next week, many of these cast will enter a furlough program, which allows them to retain their employment status and access federal compensations through the economic stimulus bill, as well as state unemployment insurance benefits.”
Campbell also confirmed what Disney had previously reported when they announced they would be furloughing Cast Members starting April 19th. “It also allows them to maintain their health and insurance benefits coverage, with the company paying both the employer and employee weekly benefit contributions. While they may not be working at the moment, they are still cast members, still part of our family and we cannot wait to see them again as soon as it is safe.” Campbell wrote.
Campbell commended first responders, emergency services professionals, and essential personnel and said she was “awe-struck” by the strength and bravery of Orange County’s citizens. She went on to say she was, “also very proud of our Disney teams throughout the country who have looked to find ways to contribute to the cause, donating more than 100,000 N95 masks and hundreds of pallets of food to the Orange County and Second Harvest food banks.”
She also recognized Disney’s contribution to helping healthcare workers by donating everyday theme park items such as rain ponchos, which are now being utilized as potentially life-saving personal protection equipment (PPE).
Campbell is feeling optimistic stating that she is, “proud to see glimmers of hope throughout the community as businesses, government and residents come together to inspire one another…” On a final note, she added, “As a company and employer, we are committed to taking appropriate steps to care for our cast and protect our business. And as a member of this community, we are proud to call Anaheim and Orange County home.”
California’s Governor has recently stated he doesn’t see mass gatherings happening in his state for the foreseeable future, which could impact Disneyland’s reopening timeframe. We’ll let you know of any additional statements released by Disney, but for now, you can familiarize yourself with these new federal guidelines that were issued yesterday along with five critical ways they could affect the Disney parks.
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