Orlando Mayor Says Disney Layoffs ‘Wasn’t Unexpected’

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In an October 1 press conference, Orange County, Florida Mayor Jerry Demings and Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer addressed The Walt Disney Company’s recent round of layoffs, which are set to take effect in December.

Related: Disney Lays Off Thousands of Cast Members Amid Pandemic Struggles

Mayor Demings referred to the call he received about the Disney layoffs as “sobering, but not unexpected.”

He went on to say:

“[The layoffs were] sad news because they’re friends, they’re families, they’re acquaintances, they’re members of our community. We are providing crisis assistance to fill the period of time that they find themselves, perhaps, unemployed and employed, or in some cases they might be underemployed.”

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Credit: Orange County Mayor’s Office

Speaking specifically about CARES Act funding, Mayor Demings said the relief funding would be used to help laid-off Cast Members:

“…regardless of if they live within the municipality or within the incorporated area. We intend to reallocate the funds…to provide additional assistance.”

Related: FL Mayor Plans to Help Families Impacted by Disney Layoffs

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer was also present at Thursday’s press conference. He shared Mayor Demings’s sentiments regarding the Walt Disney World layoffs, saying:

“I agree with Mayor Demings…it wasn’t unexpected…we had seen the other theme parks laying people off and hotel chains, so it was likely that that was going to occur.”

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Credit: Orlando Mayor’s Office

Both the city and county mayors agreed that the pandemic is far from over in central Florida and that hardships for the tourism industry are likely to continue for the foreseeable future.

Mayor Demings stated:

“Our economy has not recovered, our tourism has not recovered…and it will be some time before it does.”

He also acknowledged that until an safe and effective vaccine or cure for COVID-19 is available, Florida’s tourism sector, including theme park tourism, is not likely to bounce back. Many Americans still afraid to travel to theme park destinations like Disney World, even though no coronavirus cases have been tied to the parks.

Related: Disney World Impacted By Florida’s Dismal Tourism Numbers

View the full October 1 press conference with Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings below:

Orange County COVID-19 Update | October 1, 2020

TODAY, 10/01: Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings to host news conference discussing COVID-19. Watch live, starting at 4:30 p.m. The news conference can also be viewed at youtu.be/6ZwpQRYxbRM.

Posted by Orange County, Florida Government on Thursday, October 1, 2020

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