(Washington) Entertainment giant Disney on Tuesday announced the loss of 28,000 jobs in the United States for its operations, including theme parks, cruises, events and related products, hit full force by the health crisis.
Posted September 29, 2020 at 5:18 PM
The decision stems from "the long-term impact of COVID-19 on our business, including site capacity reductions related to physical distance and uncertainties over the duration of the pandemic," the group explained in a press release.
The uncertainties "exacerbated by California's refusal to lift restrictions that would reopen Disneyland (near Los Angeles)," the company said.
In Orlando, Florida, the amusement park reopened in July, with a limited number of meters.
Of the 28,000 employees involved, 67% worked part-time, Disney said, which employed 223,000 people as of December 31, 2019.
When theme parks had to close, like most establishments culturally, "we had hoped for a quick return to normal," said Josh D & # 39; Amaro, president of the Parks, Experiences and Products business, in a letter to are employees.
"Seven months later it is clear that it was not possible".
From April to June 2020, Disney raised $ 11.8 billion in revenue, half of a year ago. The streaming division alone exceeded 2019.
During this period, activity from parks and events fell 85% to $ 983 million.
"For several months, our workforce has worked tirelessly to avoid having to separate ourselves from anyone," added D'Amaro.
"We have reduced costs, suspended major projects, laid off actors and made our operations more efficient, but we cannot keep all of our employees by opening with such limited capabilities."