Disney donates 100,000 N95 masks after coronavirus theme parks close indefinitely

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After closing Disney theme parks around the world indefinitely amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Walt Disney Company is working to help front-line medical personnel with much-needed supplies.

On Wednesday, the company announced the donation of more than 100,000 N95 masks to the hard-hit states of New York, California and Florida, in addition to the donation of 150,000 rain ponchos to be distributed to hospitals in need by the non-profit organisation. MedShare.

“The idea was inspired by nurses across the country who have inventively discovered that rain ponchos can be a great way to protect their clothes and extend the use of (personal protective equipment), while freeing up dresses when needed, “Disney said in a statement. on its website.

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Disney parks have contributed nearly $ 3 million in “in-kind donations” since March, the company added, including donating more than 270 tonnes of food to food banks at several theme parks.

“Disney parks have a long history of helping hospitals and communities, dating back to the 1930s, when Walt himself took Disney characters and animators on a field trip,” said the release. “Sharing the magic of Disney continues today through contributions, collaboration with non-profit organizations, in-kind gifts and employee volunteerism. These are some of the ways Disney is bringing positive, lasting change to communities around the world. “

On March 27, the Walt Disney Company announced that Disneyland and Disney World would remain closed “until further notice” in the face of the “increasingly complex crisis.”

Citing an “increasingly complex crisis”, Disneyland and Disney World will remain closed “until further notice” due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Walt Disney Company announced Friday.

The company’s decision hopes that the legendary theme parks will reopen by April, as previously announced. Last week, Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood announced they were extending their closings until April 19.

For Disney, the concern was to ensure that park enthusiasts and employees were not exposed to the virus.

“While there is still much uncertainty regarding the impacts of COVID-19, the safety and well-being of our customers and employees remains the top priority of Walt Disney Company,” the company said in an email release. He said the decision was “in accordance with guidelines provided by health experts and government officials”.

Closures occur as the number of people infected with coronavirus continues to increase in the United States despite efforts to socialize, close restaurants and bar restaurants and frantic warnings of precautions such as frequent washing hands.

Disney said park employees in Anaheim, California and Orlando, Florida – “actors” in Disney language – will be paid until April 18.

Universal parks cited “current conditions” when announcing the expansion of their parks until April 19.

Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood are extending their closings as the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread.

In a joint statement to the US TODAY, the theme parks, which had previously declared that they would be closed for most of March, said they would remain closed until April 19 “as we continue to meet current conditions and to make the health and safety of the team members and guests our top priority. “

In addition to the theme parks, Universal CityWalk Orlando and Universal CityWalk Hollywood, the theme dining and shopping areas near the front doors of each park will also remain closed. Universal Orlando Resort hotels have also temporarily suspended operations.

On March 19, California’s governor Gavin Newsom put his state’s 40 million residents under shelter.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency on March 9 and has since implemented additional measures such as closing bars and nightclubs for 30 days and requiring newcomers to the New York metropolitan area to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Contributor: Cydney Henderson, Bryan Alexander and Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY

This article was originally published on USA TODAY: Disney donates 100,000 N95 masks after the indefinite closure of coronavirus theme parks

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