CALIFORNIA: On Wednesday, Walt Disney Co said it would lay off 32,000 staff. It is mostly at its theme parks, an improvement from the 28,000 it reported in September, as the company is dealing with restricted customers due to the coronavirus pandemic.
As the company said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the layoffs will be in the first half of 2021.
Earlier this month, due to confusion about whether the state will authorise parks to reopen. Disney said it was furloughing extra staff from its theme park in Southern California.
Without seeing new big coronavirus outbreaks, but with strict social distancing, monitoring and mask use. Disney theme parks in Florida and those outside the US reopened earlier this year.
Late last month, when France implemented a new lockout to tackle a second wave of coronavirus cases, Disneyland Paris was forced to close again.
The company’s Shanghai, Hong Kong and Tokyo theme parks remain open.
Disney did not respond to a request for comment from Reuters on whether the previously reported 28,000 cuts were included in the new figure. However a company spokesman confirmed to Variety that the figure contains the amount previously announced.