Disney is laying off 28,000 employees in the United States due to the COVID-19 pandemic impacting the theme park and resorts business. 67% of the employees laid off will be part-time workers. This division has over 100,000 US employees.
Disney’s theme parks shut down globally as the pandemic worsen. The pandemic caused the company’s profit to drop by 91% during the first three months of 2020.
Josh D’Amaro, the chairman of Disney Parks, said in a statement released,
As difficult as this decision is today, we believe that the steps we are taking will enable us to emerge a more effective and efficient operation when we return to normal.We look forward to providing opportunities where we can for them to return.
The Disney resort located in Anaheim, California, reopening is currently delayed with no date given. D’Amaro also placed some of the blame on the state of California for the layoffs. He said California had an
unwillingness to lift restrictions that would allow Disneyland to reopen.”
The Disney World resort in Florida began a phased opening in July with safety protocols and health measures to limit the number of guests in the park.