Disneyland just opened the flood gates to Downtown Disney — a thing many staff there are uncomfortable with at bare minimum … and deathly worried of at worst.
TMZ spoke to a couple unique union honchos who have hundreds to hundreds of associates working for the Mouse Dwelling throughout normal instances — and they explained to us their rank and file you should not really feel harmless, and will not until eventually some essential requires are satisfied.
Andrea Zinder — President of United Foods and Commercial Employees Area 324 — says her union’s bought about 250 solid customers (Disney’s term for personnel) on the ground suitable now in Downtown Disney, which just invited attendees again past 7 days to fairly disastrous effects — coronavirus-clever, in any case.
If you haven’t seen some of the videos of the scene, there was almost NO social distancing currently being enforced in any way in any variety of outlets that reopened. A single favourable … most individuals were being putting on masks, but customers have been running amok, ignoring signals contacting for social distancing.
Andrea tells us this seemingly uncontrollable flood of readers — from all about the country — concerns cast members, who say it is really subsequent to unachievable to handle the crowds. She says UFCW 324 has been inquiring for necessary screening of employees, but Disney ain’t budging.
As a final result, she states she thinks the location is a breeding ground for ailment, and hopes Gov. Gavin Newsom makes them shut store fully.
In point, under Newsom’s new purchase issued Monday … retail retailers will have to shut, but dining places with outside seating — which is most in DD — can continue to be open up.
Austin Lynch, the Organizing Director of UNITE Right here Community 11 states the Downtown Disney reopening is a signal of how badly Disney’s jogging the demonstrate so considerably.
Most of his 3,000 union members provide foodstuff in the park’s hotels and cafeterias, and he way too would like guaranteed screening for them ahead of the theme park reopens … when that transpires.
A Disneyland formal tells us, “To date, 20 union affiliates have signed agreements that involve well being and basic safety steps this kind of as added sick pay out, decreased park ability and deal with coverings for visitors and solid customers, allowing us to responsibly carry back again our solid as quickly as feasible.”
As for screening, Disney despatched a letter to all of its unions last month expressing “COVID-19 testing is not practical as a screening software” and as a substitute urged forged associates to go on hand washing, applying facial area coverings and distancing.
In that very same letter, however, Disney bragged this approach allowed it to efficiently reopen parks in Shanghai and Hong Kong. ICYMI … Hong Kong Disneyland is re-closing due to a surge of coronavirus circumstances.