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Disneyland union members want routine COVID-19 testing before reopening

Union members demand Disneyland reopen safely with proper precautions in place

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A train zips through Big Thunder Mountain and past the historic Rainbow Ridge Mining Town. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, a popular roller coaster attraction, is located in Frontierland at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, Calif. For editorial news use only.

A train zips through Big Thunder Mountain and past the historic Rainbow Ridge Mining Town at at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, Calif.

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The Coalition of Resort Labor Unions wants to make Disneyland’s reopening safe for guests and employees. So they just revealed their desires at a “Disney Caravan for Safety” over the weekend.

What happened:

  • The coalition called for the park to keep the employees and guests safe through constant COVID-19 testing, USA Todayreports.
  • The caravan included 100 cars driving around Disneyland, demanding safer precautions for the park before it reopens.
  • Joey Hamamoto, a union member, told USA Todaythat he wants COVID-19 testing for Disneyland employees to protect his family, other workers and guests.
  • He said: “In April my aunt died from COVID-19. My brother has COVID-19 as we speak, and my dad, who suffered a stroke last month.”
  • Maria Hernandez, an organizer with Unite Here Local 11, agreed: “We want routine COVID testing for cast members.”

Some context:

  • Disneyland announced last week that it planned to delay the planned reopening of both Disneyland and California Adventure, which I wrote about for the Deseret News. The park planned to reopen on July 17. But California said it would not release guidelines for reopening, according toDisney Parks.
  • The company said: “Given the time required for us to bring thousands of cast members back to work and to restart our business we have no choice but to delay the reopening of our theme park and resort hotels until we receive approval from government officials.”
  • No reopening date has been announced.