LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Walt Disney Co (DIS.N) and unions representing staff at Florida’s Walt Disney World have reached an settlement on safeguards to defend staff from coronavirus, a union assertion mentioned on Thursday, eradicating one of many firm’s hurdles to reopening its common theme parks.
FILE PHOTO: Fireworks go off round Cinderella’s fort throughout the grand opening ceremony for Walt Disney World’s new Fantasyland in Lake Buena Vista, Florida December 6, 2012. REUTERS/Scott Audette
The measures embody social distancing practices, elevated cleansing and necessary masks for staff and company, in accordance to a press release from the Service Trades Council Union (STCU), which represents about 43,000 staff at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
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Disney has introduced that some retail shops and eating places within the Disney Springs buying space in Orlando will open on May 20, however the firm has not set a reopening date for any of its 4 theme parks in Florida.
The leisure large shut its parks in Asia, France and the United States beginning in late January to assist stop the novel coronavirus from spreading.
Shutting theme park gates price the corporate $1 billion from January via March, Disney mentioned earlier this month. About 120,000 of the corporate’s staff have been positioned on unpaid furlough, lots of them theme park “cast members,” as Disney calls them.
As the coronavirus recedes in some components of the world, Disney has been creating plans to assist staff and guests really feel secure returning to giant teams. The firm reopened Shanghai Disneyland to a restricted variety of guests on Monday, promoting out 1000’s of obtainable tickets.
In the United States, Florida is forward of California, dwelling to Disneyland, in reopening companies that have been closed beginning in mid-March. Walt Disney World resorts are accepting reservations for July, although it’s unclear if they are going to be working at the moment.
Among different measures, the brand new settlement with Walt Disney World unions calls for plastic obstacles and touchless transactions at money registers, temperature checks for company, and month-to-month employee security conferences, the STCU assertion mentioned.
Employees who contract COVID-19, the illness attributable to the novel coronavirus, will obtain paid break day to quarantine, the assertion mentioned.
The settlement additionally paves the best way for particular person unions to have ongoing discussions with Disney about employee security, the STCU mentioned.
Reporting by Lisa Richwine; Editing by Chris Reese and Alistair Bell