Disney increases planned layoffs to 32,000 as coronovirus hits theme park

The Walt Disney Company said on Wednesday it would lay off about 32,000 employees.

Walt Disney Co said on Wednesday it would lay off around 32,000 employees, mostly at its theme parks, an increase from the 28,000 announced in September as the company struggled with limited customers due to the coronovirus outbreak.

The layoffs will take place in the first half of 2021, the company said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

A Disney spokesperson confirmed that the latest figures include the 28,000 previously announced layoffs.

Earlier this month, Disney said it was oblivious to the presence of additional workers at its southern California theme park, due to uncertainty over when the state would allow the park to be released. reopen.

Disney theme parks in Florida and those outside the United States reopened earlier this year without seeing any new major coronovirus outbreaks, but with strict social distancing, testing and the use of masks.

Disneyland Paris was forced to shut down again late last month when France imposed a new lockdown to fight the second wave of coronovirus cases.

The company’s theme parks are open in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Tokyo.

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