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Disneyland is furloughing more employees, and this time it includes executives

Disneyland will be furloughing employees as the theme park remains unopened.

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A look at Disneyland in California.

Three of the most popular attractions at Disneyland — the Matterhorn Bobsleds, Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage and Disneyland Monorail.

Joshua Sudock, Disneyland Resort

Disneyland will reportedly furlough a slew of employees as the California theme park remains closed amid the coronavirus pandemic.

What’s going on?

Disneyland President Ken Potrock reportedly sent a memo to salaried, hourly and executive employees that explained the furloughs, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Here’s what the memo reportedly says:

After nearly eight months our parks and hotels remain closed, and while we have had some successes — like the opening of the Downtown Disney District in July, shopping and dining coming soon to Buena Vista Street and today’s announcement that we will reopen Disney Vacation Club units — the recently released state guidelines put us in limbo regarding a reopening timeline in the foreseeable future. As you know, we’ve already taken the heart-wrenching action of laying off thousands of our Cast on both coasts. We expected to be able to open our parks in Anaheim, given our proven ability to operate with responsible health and safety protocols as we have in all of our other theme parks around the world, but unfortunately, this has not been the case.

Context:

Major theme parks in California remain closed after California issued guidelines that made it difficult for those parks to reopen, as I wrote for the Deseret News.

  • For example, California will only allow major theme parks like Disneyland and Universal Studios to reopen if the parks’ county has lesser restrictions and less cases of COVID-19. But experts told me that it’s unlikely to happen so soon in Orange County, where Disneyland is located.

Flashback:

Disney furloughed 100,000 employees back in April when the coronavirus pandemic first hit the country, as I wrote about for the Deseret News.

  • Furloughed employees were brought back over the summer. Disney later laid off thousands of employees as the theme park didn’t reopen and other theme parks saw reduced capacity.