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Disney Theme Parks in California and Florida Hit Hard by Layoffs

The gates of Disneyland in Anaheim remain closed as the company announces layoffs.

28,000 theme park workers, mostly here in California and at the Disney properties in Florida, are face layoffs that the company is blaming on prolonged closures and limited attendance due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Breaking the news in a memo sent to employees on Tuesday, Disney Parks Director Josh D’Amaro said the decision came after months of working "tirelessly to avoid having to separate anyone from the company."

He went on to say, "As you can imagine, a decision of this magnitude is not easy. We’ve cut expenses, suspended capital projects, furloughed our cast members while still paying benefits, and modified our operations to run as efficiently as possible. However, we simply cannot responsibly stay fully staffed while operating at such limited capacity."

It's unclear when the employees will be asked to leave.

While Disney's theme parks in Florida, Paris, Japan, Shanghai and Hong Kong have been allowed to reopen with limited capacities, California's Disneyland and California Adventure remain closed.

Read more at the New York Times.

Photo Credit: Getty Images

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