A day after Disneyland delayed the reopening of their theme parks, the union representing actors at Walt Disney World says the company should also postpone welcoming back guests at its Florida parks.
The Actors’ Equity Association said that it was unclear how Disney World could “responsibly” reopen as coronavirus cases continue to soar.
The actors’ union said it was concerned that not enough testing was planned for the parks’ actors who are unable to use face masks when doing their jobs, unlike other park workers. The union represents about 600 actors at Walt Disney World.
“For weeks, we have made it clear to Disney that testing is a fundamental part of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for everyone, from the guests to the cast,” said Mary McColl, executive director of Actors’ Equity Association in a statement. “It is deeply disturbing that while coronavirus cases in Florida surge, Disney is refusing to provide regular testing to one of the few groups of workers in the park who by the very nature of their jobs, cannot use personal protective equipment.”
You can read the full statement here.
Walt Disney World plans to reopen Magic Kingdom & Animal Kingdom July 11th and Epcot & Hollywood Studios July 15th.