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Disney CEO Bob Chapek Slams California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Reopening Guidelines

Disney CEO Bob Chapek Slams California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Reopening Guidelines

Disney and the state of California are still going head to head. Walt Disney CEO Bob Chapek slammed California Governor Gavin Newsom during Disney’s financial earnings conference call on Thursday, November 12 for the guidelines that are keeping Disneyland closed.

Chapek claimed Disneyland can reopen safely and the Governor’s guidelines are preventing Disney employees from returning to work. Disney has laid off around 28,000 employees from both Disneyland and Walt Disney World and has more planned cuts including at the executive level.

“We are extremely disappointed that the State of California continues to keep Disney closed despite our proven track record,” Chapek said.

California’s current guidelines work on tiers depending on cases per county. Mayors in major cities had penned a letter to the state allowing major theme parks to reopen with at least a 25% capacity.

Chapek shared that Walt Disney World reopened with 25% capacity and will now bump capacity up to 35% while continuing to maintain social distancing guidelines and safety protocols.

Disney parks around the world had previously reopened. Hong Kong Disneyland had closed for a second time but has since reopened. Disneyland Paris recently announced their second closure due to COVID-19 cases spiking.

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Disneyland will be reopening Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure only for shopping and dining.

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