Bob Iger Talks What It Takes To Re-Open Parks As He Joins California Task Force
As we reported earlier this week on MickeyBlog, Bob Iger former CEO and current executive chairman of the board of the Walt Disney Company has recently been named to the California Task Force created by Governor Gavin Newsom which is designed to revive up the state’s economy after COVID-19 closures.
Announcing his appointment to the task force, Iger spoke to KABC in Los Angeles where he addressed what may be necessary to get the theme parks back on their feet.
In the interview, he said, “Clearly, making people feel safe from getting the virus is the biggest obstacle and it’s clearly complicated.” He added, “It’s not just about — as far as we know — social distancing. It’s about taking a number of steps, implementing a number of procedures to make sure that people feel safe.”
So what kind of procedures could he be talking about? Iger has some initial ideas, For instance, one of the procedures he mentions could be increased hygiene measures. However, he readily admits that making the parks safe for guests will involve a little bit more than that. “It’s likely that we’re going to need some mass testing, at scale, and some form of contact tracing as well so that we can identify people who have been exposed or people who have had the virus and may be of harm to others” Iger said.
He added that the initiatives are essential in the absence of vaccine or medicine to combat the spread of the disease which is at least a year away if not longer.
The new “Task Force on Business and Jobs Recovery” will have 80 members. Not all of the names have been released but as you can expect it includes many captains of industry as well as former politicians. Billionaire Tom Steyer, a former presidential candidate, will chair the task force with Ann O’Leary, Newsom’s chief of staff. Former California Govs. Gray Davis and Jerry Brown, both Democrats, and Arnold Schwarzenegger and Pete Wilson, both Republicans, will sit on the task force. Other members include Janet Yellen (former head of the Federal Reserve), Apple CEO Time Cook and Greg Adams from the Kaiser Foundation.
As we previously reported, the task force will be focused on coming up with ways to revive the economy in our nations most populous state. More than 40 million people have applied for unemployment in California since the start of COVID-19.
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