“One of the things we are already discussing is that to get back to a semblance of normalcy, people will have to feel comfortable that they are safe. Part of it could be in the form of a vaccine, but in the absence of that, it could come mainly from further investigation, more restrictions. Just as we are now checking the baggage of everyone going to our parks, there may come a time when we add something that takes people’s temperature, for example, “said Iger.
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Iger said Disney “is looking very carefully at what China has been trying to do in terms of getting back to normal [and] … You can’t get on a bus or subway or train or enter a high-rise building there – and I’m sure it will be when their schools reopen – without your temperature being taken. “
He noted that major tragedies, including 9-11, have permanently changed the way things work and people accept the inconvenience.
“So we asked ourselves the question, let’s prepare ourselves for a world where our customers demand that we scrutinize everyone. Even if it creates a little difficulty, as it takes a little longer for people to enter. Just like the case after September 11 where people finally lived with the idea that in order for them to enter a building, if you In an office building, you have to show photo ID or get take a picture and take an exam. Or to enter a park, you have to put your luggage to check and go through some sort of metal detector. Or certainly what is happening at airports with TSA. “
Disney closed Disneyland and California Adventure in Anaheim, Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando and Disneyland Paris Resort for the first time on March 14, as the COVID-19 pandemic worsened. At the time, the closings were in late March.
On March 27, he extended the closure of American theme parks, saying they will remain closed until further notice.
“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 the Walt Disney Company,” the company said in a statement. . He said the move was in line with the direction “provided by health experts and government officials”.
Disney continues to pay hourly members of parks and resorts until April 18. Last week, the company announced leave for all employees “whose jobs are not needed at the moment” starting April 19. It started with the parks and will move divisions.