Walt Disney has announced that it will lay off 28,000 employees, most of its U.S. employees. On the theme park.
Disney expressed uncertainty about how long the coronavirus epidemic would last due to the limited visitor capacity of the parks and the reasons for the scattering.
The company’s theme parks have hit the epidemic hard.
Disney closed all of its parks earlier this year as the virus spread, but only Disneyland in California is closed.
“We have made a very difficult decision to begin the process of reducing our staff at all levels in our Parks, Experiences and Products segment,” Parks Unit Chairman Josh D. Amaro said in a statement.
The layoffs apply to “domestic workers”, about 67% of whom are part-time.
Disney also has parks in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Paris, which have not been affected by the announcement.
Hong Kong Disney reopened last week after being shut down for the second time in July due to a spike in the Covid-19 case.
With the exception of Disneyland in California, all of the company’s parks have now reopened, although the number of visitors is limited to allow for social distance.
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Disney lost $ 4.7bn (£ 3.6bn) in the three months to June 27, with its Parks, Experience and Products division revenue down 85% compared to the same quarter in 2019.
Mr D’Amaro said the company’s problems were “not being ready to lift state sanctions in California or allow Disneyland to reopen.”
Disney is working to persuade California to allow the company to reopen Disneyland.