Disney is implementing several measures to reopen safely and prevent the spread of coronavirus at its parks, including requiring employees and guests to wear face coverings. Disney will also reduce capacity at the parks and the resort will temporarily suspend parades, fireworks and other events that create crowds.
Despite the measures, the petition requests that the plan to reopen should be “re-evaluated.”
“As individuals who work 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 reads. “Keeping ourselves and our visitors safe is our No. 1 priority, in every theme park. This includes our health and well being. We are encouraged to say something when we see something that we deem is unsafe so we’re speaking up.”
Disney did not immediately respond with comment on this story.
Health and government officials have attributed the rising numbers to a combination of more testing and more social contact as businesses reopen.
“I think what we can say is that we’ve done everything we can to open up responsibly,” Chapek said. “Taking the guidance of local health officials, state health officials, national health officials, plus our own well qualified doctors on staff to create an environment to create new operating procedures, to create new policies, to do new training, new standards of hygiene.”