LOS ANGELES (1) – Walt Disney Co (DIS.N) and unions representing staff at Florida’s Walt Disney World have reached an settlement on safeguards to shield workers from coronavirus, a union assertion stated on Thursday, eradicating one of many firm’s hurdles to reopening its common theme parks.

FILE PHOTO: Fireworks go off round Cinderella’s fortress through the grand opening ceremony for Walt Disney World’s new Fantasyland in Lake Buena Vista, Florida December 6, 2012. REUTERS/Scott Audette

The measures embody social distancing practices, elevated cleansing and obligatory masks for staff and friends, in accordance to an announcement from the Service Trades Council Union (STCU), which represents about 43,000 staff at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Disney shares rose 2.8% to shut at $105.91 on the New York Inventory Alternate.

Disney has introduced that some retail shops and eating places within the Disney Springs buying space in Orlando will open on Might 20, however the firm has not set a reopening date for any of its 4 theme parks in Florida.

The leisure large shut its parks in Asia, France and the USA beginning in late January to assist stop the novel coronavirus from spreading.

Shutting theme park gates value the corporate $1 billion from January by means of March, Disney stated earlier this month. About 120,000 of the corporate’s staff have been positioned on unpaid furlough, lots of them theme park “forged members,” as Disney calls them.

Because the coronavirus recedes in some elements of the world, Disney has been growing plans to assist staff and guests really feel secure returning to giant teams. The corporate reopened Shanghai Disneyland to a restricted variety of guests on Monday, promoting out hundreds of obtainable tickets.

In the USA, Florida is forward of California, residence to Disneyland, in reopening companies that have been closed beginning in mid-March. Walt Disney World lodges are accepting reservations for July, although it’s unclear if they are going to be working at the moment.

Amongst different measures, the brand new settlement with Walt Disney World unions calls for plastic obstacles and touchless transactions at money registers, temperature checks for friends, and month-to-month employee security conferences, the STCU assertion stated.

Workers who contract COVID-19, the illness attributable to the novel coronavirus, will obtain paid time without work to quarantine, the assertion stated.

The settlement additionally paves the way in which for particular person unions to have ongoing discussions with Disney about employee security, the STCU stated.

Reporting by Lisa Richwine; Enhancing by Chris Reese and Alistair Bell