Orlando. The Walt Disney Co. announced plans to lay off another 4,000 employees at its theme park division in California and Florida due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the tourism sector.
The company made the announcement this week in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), in which it said 32,000 employees will be laid off in the first half of the 2021 fiscal year, which began last month. In September, the company had announced plans to lay off 28,000 workers.
In the document filed Wednesday, the company added that as a result of the pandemic it had placed 37,000 employees on unpaid leave who are not going to be laid off.
“Due to the current business climate, including the impacts of COVID-19 and the changing environment in which we are operating, the company has generated efficiencies in its staff, including limiting hiring to critical operations, leave without pay and force reductions. of work, ”said the document.
The company also said it will make further spending cuts, such as reducing investments in film and television, as well as additional licensing and layoffs.
In Florida, Disney has been limiting attendance at its parks and changing protocols to allow for social distancing, for example limiting visitors’ interactions with people dressed as characters.
The company did not specify the number of employees that would be affected at its parks in Orlando.
Disney parks were closed in March as the pandemic began in the United States. Parks in Florida reopened in the summer, but those in California have yet to do so, pending approvals from state and local governments.