Laid-off Disneyland workers rally in Anaheim, pushing for reopening

Laid-off Disneyland workers rally in Anaheim, pushing for reopening

Laid-off Disneyland workers rally in Anaheim, pushing for reopening Photo

(KTLA) – Dozens of people rallied outside Disneyland on Saturday to push for reopening seven months after the coronavirus pandemic forced a closure in March.

People, including some of the 28,000 workers laid-off by Disney’s park division, held signs that read “Open Disneyland,” “California is missing the magic,” and “Recall Newsom.”

A woman named Terri said she has worked for the company for 14 years. She understood when the park remain closed over the summer, but said that Gov. Gavin Newsom should allow Disneyland to open now.

“The governor is not allowing the park to open, but he’s not supporting anybody either,” Terri said. “He can’t have it both ways. … We all have families.”

Another woman named Terri doesn’t work for Disney, but said she attended the rally to provide support to those affected by layoffs by one of the top employers’ in the county.

Earlier this week, Newsom announced that he was sending teams to parks in other states to learn what precautions they’re taking. He has not offered a timeline for the reopening of California’s amusement parks.

Meanwhile, Orange County continues to report about 4.6 new COVID-19 cases per day, which puts the region in the second-most restrictive level in the state’s four-tier system. The county has confirmed 1,401 coronavirus deaths, including 10 on Friday.

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