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Multiple groups call on Disney World to delay reopening

Will Disney World reopen on schedule? Or has COVID-19 spikes made an impact?

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FILE- In this Saturday, June 23, 2018, file photo, at Toy Story Land in Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The Walt Disney Co. reports earnings Tuesday, Aug. 7. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

This Saturday, June 23, 2018, file photo, taken at Toy Story Land in Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

John Raoux, Associated Press

Multiple groups are calling on Walt Disney World to delay its reopening, especially due to the coronavirus spikes.

What’s going on:

  • The Actors Equity Association — a group that represents close to 600 progressional actors at Walt Disney World — suggested Walt Disney World follow in the footsteps of Disneyland and delay its reopening, per USA Today.
  • Mary McColl, the actors group’s executive director, in a statement: “If Disneyland has postponed, it is unclear how Walt Disney World can responsibly move toward reopening when coronavirus cases are much worse in Florida.”
  • A new MoveOn.org petition called for local officials to delay the reopening as well, according to USA Today.

But it’ll probably reopen ...

  • Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Monday Disney World will still reopen on schedule, adding that the company has put a “premium” on safety.
  • DeSantis said: “Disney, I have no doubt is going to be a safe environment. I think that where you start to see the spread is just in social situations where people let their guard down. Usually like a private party or something like that.”