An Estimated 350 Disneyland Employees To Lose Jobs Due To Restaurant Closures
If you’ve been following along with MickeyBlog you’ll know that Disneyland made the announcement this evening that they will be suspending ALL table service dining operations due to a new stay-at-home order put into place by Governor Gavin Newsom to combat the continued spread of COVID-19. This will go into effect beginning December 7th.
According to the announcement that we shared with you earlier, Downtown Disney and a portion of Disney California Adventure will continue to keep open their retail locations. However, even those will be capped at 20% capacity. Under the order, any restaurants that do not offer a takeaway service will be required to close. This unfortunately means that roughly 350 Disneyland employees will find themselves back on furlough and right before the holidays.
The Hollywood Reporter ran a piece reporting on the number of employees that are estimated to be let go under the NEW measures.
Under the new order implemented by the Governor’s Office, bars, wineries, nail salons, hair salons and other personal care services must close. Retails outlets must limit capacity and restaurants are takeout and delivery only.
As for Downtown Disney, it has had the distinction of being the only area of Disneyland Resort allowed to reopen since the parks were shuttered back in March. California Adventure did reopen its Buena Vista area last month to expand their shopping and dining offerings. Though restaurants like Carthay Circle will no longer be able to serve guests, shops here are expected to operate with enhanced health and safety measures in place for both guests and employees.
What we do know is that food and beverage locations that do not offer take-out for consumption off site will have to temporarily close. However, retailers that offer food and beverage can still remain open under the new restrictions. This means places like Marceline’s Confectionary and Trolley Treats can continue to welcome guests.
These measures came after Governor Newsom gave a press conference Thursday announcing that new measures needed to be put into place as 20,000 new coronavirus cases were reported in California. The state had evaluated ICU capacity rates and with hospitals becoming filled felt passing the order was imperative.
This is a story that we will continue to follow closely here at MickeyBlog and we promise to keep you posted as further details emerge. In the meantime our thoughts go out to all of those Disney Cast Members impact by the recent news.