Citing concern for worker safety in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, a coalition of a dozen unions that together represent about 17,000 Disneyland employees want the State of California to delay Disney's planned reopening of the theme park and other facilities.

The unions, which have been in talks with representatives from the Anaheim theme park, sent a letter to Governor Gavin Newsom objecting to Disney’s plans, saying they were “not yet convinced that it is safe to reopen the parks on Disney’s rapid timetable,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. 

Disney submitted plans to reopen an outdoor shopping mall July 9, and Disneyland and Disney California Adventure theme parks July 17. 

In their letter to the Governor, the unions said “Disney has rejected or not yet responded to important safety proposals made by CRLU member unions. Therefore, at this point we do not know if the resort can be operated safely."

Disney Parks' chief medical officer, though, said the park had considered Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other entities' recommendations before announcing its reopening dates and was in consultation with various other health authorities.


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