Actors Equity Union calls for Walt Disney World to delay reopening

Jun 25, 2020 in "The Walt Disney Company"

The Actors Equity Union that represents many of Walt Disney World performers is calling for Walt Disney World to delay reopening from the COVID-19 shutdown.

Equity has described four principles for safe and healthy theatrical work, which includes, “extensive testing and very few if any new cases being identified in the area...”

In a statement, Equity said:

“If Disneyland has postponed, it is unclear how Walt Disney World can responsibly move toward reopening when coronavirus cases are much worse in Florida,” said Mary McColl, executive director of Actors’ Equity Association. “For weeks, we have made it clear to Disney that testing is a fundamental part of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for everyone, from the guests to the cast. It is deeply disturbing that while coronavirus cases in Florida surge, Disney is refusing to provide regular testing to one of the few groups of workers in the park who by the very nature of their jobs, cannot use personal protective equipment. Now is the time for Disney to pause, focus on the science and put the safety of their actors and stage managers first by making regular testing available.”
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Article Posted: Jun 25, 2020 / 6:46pm ET