In a letter to employees, Josh D’Amaro, president of Disney Parks, Experience and Product, said his management team had worked hard to try to avoid layoffs.
He said they had cut spending, suspended projects and changed operations, but that was not enough given the limits on the number of people allowed in the park due to the pandemic measures.
“As heartbreaking as it is to take this step, it’s the only feasible option we have in light of the prolonged impact of COVID-19 on our business,” he said, “including a capacity limited due to physical distancing requirements and persistent uncertainty about the duration of the pandemic. ”
Disney officials said the company will provide severance packages to employees where appropriate, and also offer other services to help workers find jobs.