With companies beginning to reopen all over the U.S., Disney World (NYSE:DIS) has decided to commence operations on July 11. However with a growing spike in coronavirus cases, over 7000 people are petitioning for the company to reconsider its decision.
“This virus is not gone, unfortunately it’s only become worse in this state,” the petition, posted on MoveOn.org on Sunday, reads. “Having our theme parks remain closed until cases are steadily decreasing would keep our guests, our employees and their families safe. Re-opening the theme parks is only putting our guests, employees, and families at higher risk for contracting COVID-19.”
The renowned entertainment park that has approximately 70,000 employees, announced it strives to reopen both Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom parks by July 11 and EPCOT and Hollywood Studios no later than July 15.
According to a company spokesperson, “The safety and well being of our cast members and guests are at the forefront of our planning, and we are in active dialogue with our unions on the extensive health and safety protocols, following guidance from public health experts, which we plan to implement as we move toward our proposed, phased reopening,”
Taking into consideration the increase in Florida cases, with a reported 5,508 new overnight cases, the petition seeks to curve the virus. Nevertheless, competitor Universal Studios, has already reopened its doors.
“I think what we can say is that we’ve done everything we can to open up responsibly,” Bob Chapek, Disney’s CEO said. “Taking the guidance of local health officials, state health officials, national health officials, plus our own well qualified doctors on staff to create an environment to create new operating procedures, to create new policies, to do new training, new standards of hygiene.”
Disney shares plummeted 4% on Wednesday.