Disney’s Bob Iger Vehemently Disagrees With CDC Update

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Walt Disney Company Executive Chairman Bob Iger has blasted the CDC on social media following a recent COVID-19 update. Iger, who served as CEO of The Walt Disney Company from 2005 – early 2020, wrote:

“This is more than disappointing. It is horrifying.” 

His Tweet comes in response to the Centers for Disease Control’s newly updated COVID-19 guidelines, which now assert that asymptomatic individuals “do not necessarily need a test” – even if they know they’ve been exposed to the novel coronavirus.

Iger is an active part of California Governor Gavin Newsom’s business recovery task force, which is designed to help the state of California reopen carefully and safely while minimizing the economic impact of the pandemic.

Although the theme parks and hotels of the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California remain temporarily closed, all other Disney theme parks in the world have reopened with strict health and safety measures in place (though Hong Kong Disneyland re-closed after reopening). These new regulations include mandatory face masks, contactless interactions between Cast Members and Guests whenever possible, and regular cleaning of all rides and attractions.

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Just yesterday, we reported that Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Josh D’Amaro has said Disneyland is “ready to reopen” with the same protocols in-place.

Since Iger, D’Amaro, current Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Chapek, and others on the executive board are passionate about keeping both Guests and Cast Members as safe as possible during the phased reopening of Disney theme parks worldwide, it is unsurprising that Iger has spoken out against the CDC’s latest COVID update.

In April, Iger spoke to Barron’s about the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on Disney’s parks, Disney Cruise Line, and other services. He stated:

It’s the biggest by far in terms of challenges, although you take it on in ways that are similar to other challenges. You have to be honest with yourself, with the people who work for you, and the public. You have to be realistic about the size of this and the impact of it all. And you also have hope that it will end eventually, and that when it does, at some point, we’ll be looking at a return to business as usual, even if we know that’s a ways away. More importantly, you have to have empathy for what everyone is experiencing, not just our customers, but also our people.

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What do you think about Bob Iger‘s response to the CDC’s testing update? Do you agree with the Disney executive’s disapproval of how they are currently handling the coronavirus outbreak?

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