Dunn and Done: Disney Delays Opening, Good Health is Good Business
Yesterday, Disneyland Resort announced that its planned July 17 reopening—which would have marked the 65th anniversary of Walt’s original opening—would be delayed to a date unknown.
Governor Newsom was not able to develop theme park guidelines within a time frame that allowed for Disney to plan workers’ safe return, in addition to guests’ return, to meet a July 17 date. This is unfortunate considering the profound economic impact the Resort has on Orange County as well as California tourism—not only with over 30,000 employees unable to work, but the negative economic multiplier impact on surrounding businesses, hotels, restaurants, airports, and so much more.
The good news is that 20 unions have reached agreement with the Resort on significant health and safety protocols, including guest temperature screenings prior to entry, face coverings, reduced capacity, and advanced reservation systems, to name just a few. Disney has significant global experience with health practices in a pandemic environment, having safely reopened Shanghai Disneyland, Hong Kong Disneyland, and with the upcoming opening of Disney World July 11.
I am particularly pleased that Governor Newsom has rejected politics and followed good science, data and experience in keeping Californians and visitors safe. We concur that good health is, indeed, good business, and we watch carefully the trend lines and numbers on infection and hospital capacity.
Thus, OCBC urges all to #MaskUP and practice the health protocols you all know by heart to move the trend lines in the right direction. In the meantime, Governor: keep working on those guidelines so the Resort can reopen as soon as possible and put folks safely back to work.