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Disney is donating ponchos to help hospitals defeat the coronavirus

Splash Mountain is closed so no need for ponchos, right?

California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Wednesday that the state will soon provide updates about theme parks reopening amid the coronavirus pandemic, USA Today reports.
Disneyland announced Thursday that it would close Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure starting March 14 through the end of the month.
Paul Hiffmeyer, Disneyland via MCT

Disney announced Wednesday that it would donate 150,000 rain ponchos to help combat the coronavirus.

What’s happening:

  • Disney said it will send 150,000 rain ponchos from its parks to the medical community, which has been calling for more supplies due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Disney will donate the ponchos to MedShare, which will send the ponchos to multiple hospitals in need.
  • Disney said: “Since taking the unprecedented steps of closing our theme parks and stores and suspending our cruises, we have continued to focus on ways we can make a difference during this time,”
  • Charles Redding, MedShare CEO and president, said: “The COVID-19 pandemic is unlike anything we’ve seen before. We have to find ways to pool our resources and work together to help the health care workers who are doing their very best to treat patients and contain COVID-19. We appreciate Disney partnering with us to support hospitals and health care workers on the frontlines.”
  • Disney has also donated more than 100,000 NP5 masks to New York, California and Florida.

What’s happening at Disney?

  • Disney likely has extra ponchos to spare because it closed down many of its parks to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. Walt Disney World, Disneyland and multiple hotels, resorts and cruise lines were all closed down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as I wrote for the Deseret News.
  • Disney recently announced it remains unsure when it will open everything back up again, which I wrote about for the Deseret News.
  • The company said in a statement: “The safety and well-being of our guests and employees remains The Walt Disney Company’s top priority.”