Published on : Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Bob Iger, Walt Disney Executive Chairman recently said that the company might organise temperature checks once its theme parks reopen. He mentioned in a press statement that the move might make a traumatized population feel safer once people venture out after the coronavirus pandemic passes.
He mentioned that the company have discussed that in order to return to some normalcy, people will have to feel comfortable and be assured that they are safe. He said that maximum feel of safety may come from the application of a vaccine but in its absence it can be established through more scrutiny and restrictions.
He added that as similar to how Disney performs bag checking for anyone that goes into its theme parks, the company can add a component that checks people’s body temperature at some point.
He further expressed that he has earlier noted how major tragedies, including 9-11, have permanently changed the way things operate and people accept the inconvenience. He said that Disney therefore, prepares for a world where customers demand intense scrutiny. He thinks it is essential considering the present situation even if it creates a little bit of hardship in the process of operations.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Disney first closed down California Adventure in Anaheim and Disneyland, Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando and Disneyland Paris Resort on March 14. At that time, the closures were expected to being lifted towards the end of March. However, with the growing number of coronavirus cases on March 27, Disney extended the shutdown of U.S. theme parks informing that they will remain closed until notified further.
The Walt Disney Company already mentioned that irrespective of all uncertainty related to the impacts of COVID-19, the safety and well-being of guests and employees remains their utmost priority. The company informed that further decision regarding opening of theme parks and resorts will be undertaken in line with direction provided by health experts and government officials.