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Walt Disney Increases Planned Layoffs to 32,000 Workers

Image: Disneyland. Source: Walt Disney Co.

(Reuters)-The Walt Disney Company announced on Wednesday that it will fire about 32,000 workers, primarily at theme parks, to fight a limited number of customers due to a coronavirus pandemic.

The layoff said the company submitted it to the Securities and Exchange Commission in the first half of 2021.

A Disney spokesman confirmed that the latest figures include a previously announced 28,000 layoffs.

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Earlier this month, Disney said it was expelling additional workers from Southern California theme parks due to uncertainty about when the state would allow the park to reopen.

Disney theme parks in Florida and outside the United States have been reopened earlier this year with no new major coronavirus outbreaks and due to rigorous social distance, testing and mask use.

Disneyland Paris was forced to close again at the end of last month when France imposed a new blockade to fight the second wave of the coronavirus incident.

The company’s theme parks in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Tokyo remain open.

Reported by Radhika Anilkumar in Bangalore. Edited by Vinay Dwivedi.

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Source: Reuters

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