Disney set to lay off workers, mostly from theme parks

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Entertainment giant, The Walt Disney Company will be laying off about 32,000 workers, mostly from its theme parks, as it continues to struggle with a lack of customers amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The cuts are expected to come in the first half of 2021, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

In September, the company said it would lay off 28,000 but that number jumped by 4,000 on Wednesday.

Workers from Disneyland in Southern California are being furloughed over when the state will allow the parks to open amid new lockdowns and a surge of coronavirus cases in the area, the company announced earlier this month.

Florida’s theme park reopened earlier this year — with strict social distancing, testing and mask requirements — and didn’t see any major outbreaks.

In France, Disneyland Paris was forced to close for a second time in late October when the country shuttered many businesses to stave off a growing second wave of cases.

In Asia, theme parks in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Tokyo are open for business.