Published on : Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Disneyland has planned to furlough nearly 1,800 additional employees in the wake of COVID-19 reopening guidelines from Governor Gavin Newsom’s administration that have left California theme parks closed for the “foreseeable future.” The furlough plans is likely to impact a wide range of jobs including landscapers, engineers, painters, plasterers and custodians as well as employees working in entertainment, restaurants and attractions. The furlough notices also include 18 Disneyland firefighters.
It was on November 12 that Disney filed the WARN Act notifications with the lay-offs set to begin on November 23 and on subsequent dates through February 21. As a part of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, Disney announced 1,797 furloughs of Disneyland union and non-union employees due to continuing business impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Disneyland continues to remain closed as large California theme parks are unlikely to return to full operation until early 2021 or next summer under COVID-19 health and safety reopening guidelines issued by the state. Across the esplanade, Disney California Adventure has partially reopened without rides for shopping and dining.
According to the WARN notification impacted employees have been provided as much notice as practicable under the circumstances, as rapid action was required after the state recently announced its unexpected reopening restrictions, which now make clear that Disneyland Resort cannot be open in the foreseeable future. However, the latest furloughs at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S., Disney Entertainment Productions, Walt Disney Travel and Disney Destinations are expected to be temporary.