Unions representing Disneyland employees are calling for a delay in reopening the Southern California theme park, which is scheduled to open on July 17 with approval from the state and local government.
In a letter to California Gov. Gavin Newsom dated Wednesday, the Coalition of Resort Labor Unions (CRLU) expressed their concerns over the reopening of the park.
The CRLU is a group of dozens of unions of the Disneyland resort, representing approximately 17,000 service workers.
“Unfortunately, despite intensive talks with the company, we are not yet convinced that it is safe to reopen the parks on Disney’s rapid timetable,” the CRLU said. “There are numerous questions about safety which Disney has not yet answered, including any serious discussion of ‘testing.’”
Some context: In a post last week, Disneyland announced a phased plan to being reopening parts of the resort as early as July 9.
On Thursday, Disney Parks Chief Medical Officer Dr. Pamela Hymel shared updates on health and safety guidelines.
Parks will be reducing capacity, checking temperature for guests, increasing cleaning and disinfecting, making changes to accommodate physical distancing and requiring face coverings for guests two and older, Hymel said.
CRLU is still waiting for a response from Disney on safety proposals made by the coalition, according to the letter.