Disney Parks Donates 100,000 N95 Masks, 150,000 Rain Ponchos to Healthcare Workers

With its amusement parks shuttered, The Walt Disney Co. April 1 announced it is giving healthcare workers in California, New York and Florida access to 100,000 N95 masks and 150,000 rain ponchos.

“Disney Parks has a longstanding history of helping hospitals and communities, dating back to the 1930s, when Walt, himself, took Disney characters and animators on outreach visits,” Disney said in a blog post. “Sharing the magic of Disney continues today through contributions, collaborating with nonprofit organizations, in-kind gifts and employee volunteerism.”

“The COVID-19 pandemic is unlike anything we’ve seen before,” said Charles Redding, MedShare CEO. “We have to find ways to pool our resources and work together to help the healthcare workers who are doing their very best to treat patients and contain COVID-19. We appreciate Disney partnering with us to support hospitals and healthcare workers on the frontlines.”

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With all 12 of its branded theme parks closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, Disney said since the beginning of March, its Parks segment has given nearly $3 million in in-kind donations benefiting communities around the globe.

“These are some of the ways Disney brings positive, lasting change to communities around the world,” the media giant said.

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Disney Partially Re-Opens Shanghai Resort

Looking to combat ongoing market concerns revolving around the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), Shanghai Disney Resort has partially re-opened select retail venues, while the main theme park remains shuttered since Jan. 25.

“We continue to closely monitor health and safety conditions and follow the direction of government regulators,” Shanghai Disney said in a statement.

The move comes as Wall Street trading was temporarily halted March 9 after markets opened falling significantly as global concerns about the spread of the virus increase.

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Indeed, visitors to the venues must wear masks, go through temperature screening and present their health QR code when entering dining facilities. It’s not clear how patrons will eat while wearing protective face masks.

Meanwhile Disneyland Paris, which employs 15,000 workers, remains open despite a maintenance worker, who was home in bed at the time, being diagnosed with the coronavirus.

In the United States, Disney said it continues to “welcome guests” to its theme parks. In a statement, the company said it has upgraded sanitation efforts, including easier access to handwashing facilities and hand sanitizers, and “quick response” to spills, trash and other situations.

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“As part of our commitment to the health and well-being of our cast, guests and the larger community, we are carefully monitoring the evolving coronavirus situation and are in regular contact with health agencies for information and guidance,” the said. “Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort, are welcoming guests as usual and we continue to implement preventive measures in line with the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other health agencies.”