Disney is implementing several measures to safely reopen and prevent the spread of the coronavirus in its parks, including the requirement that employees and guests wear face covers. Disney will also reduce capacity in the parks, and the complex will temporarily suspend parades, fireworks, and other crowd-creating events.
Despite the measures, the petition requests that the plan to reopen be “reevaluated.”
“As individuals working in the bustling tourism industry in Central Florida, we are responsible for ensuring the safety of our guests and our fellow magic makers,” the petition read. “Keeping ourselves and our visitors safe is our number one priority at all theme parks. This includes our health and well-being. It encourages us to say something when we see that something we consider to be unsafe, so we are talking.”
Disney did not immediately respond with comment on this story.
Health and government officials have attributed the increasing numbers to a combination of more testing and more social contact as companies reopen.
“I think what we can say is that we have done everything we can to open up responsibly,” said Chapek. “Following the guidance of local health officials, state health officials, national health officials, plus our own well-qualified physicians on staff to create an environment to create new operating procedures, create new policies, do new trainings , new hygiene standards. “