Odishatv Bureau

Los Angeles: Disney Parks is letting go of 28,000 US employees due to the impact of the ongoing pandemic on Disneyland and Walt Disney World. Two-thirds of these employees are part-time workers.

Disney Parks chairman Josh D'Amaro wrote a letter to employees, saying that this was "the only feasible option we have" due to the Covid-19 pandemic forcing the parks to limit capacity and the ongoing closure of Disneyland in Anaheim, California, reports variety.com.

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He added in another statement that the state of California's "unwillingness to lift restrictions that would allow Disneyland to reopen" worsened the situation.

Disneyland has remained shut since mid-March. Walt Disney World in Orlando, which also closed in March, reopened in mid-July with safety measures as well as reduced visitor capacity.

In the letter to workers, D'Amaro said that the company would meet with affected salaried and non-union hourly employees over the next few days and will begin discussing next steps with the unions that represent those theme park workers.

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About 67 per cent of the cuts will impact part-time workers, affect Disney staff across executive, salaried and hourly positions.