Disneyland employees and fans gather outside the theme park to protest the month-long shutdown


ANAHEIM, Calif., (KABC) – Fans, employees and more gathered outside Disneyland on Saturday morning in hopes of lobbying state officials to reopen the theme park, which is closed since March 14 due to COVID-19
pandemic.The rally comes weeks after Disney announced it would lay off 28,000 employees in part due to the reluctance of Governor Gavin Newson and other state officials to lift restrictions that would allow the park, and others across the state to reopen. We want to see Disneyland reopen. I’m one of the 28,000 cast members who are currently laid off, who have been on leave since March, ”one employee said. “If Disneyland is open worldwide, why can’t Disneyland in Anaheim be open? I think the governor has to give us a chance to open, and they keep asking but he keeps pushing the bar further. ”

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Although Disneyland and Disney California Adventure remain closed, Downtown Disney is open for business.

Newsom said it was taking a cautious approach to reopening the California economy after an earlier effort led to a major spike in coronavirus cases that lasted for weeks and forced many reopened businesses to close for the second time. .RELATED: Disneyland’s Ongoing Closure Hurts Anaheim’s Economy

City News Service contributed to this report.

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