ANAHEIM, CA —They’re the people we see walking into Downtown Disney, the ones taking temperatures, reminding you to put on your mask or socially distance amid the coronavirus slow reopening of Disneyland Resort. Now, Disneyland is showing how they are protecting their workers by offering more testing.
On Friday, the theme park shared a new offering for cast members: a free and accessible method to test for coronavirus, a spokesperson for the park tells Patch.
Starting Oct. 26, through a partnership with Quest Labs, employees can request a coronavirus test from their own homes.
The program, increasing options for testing, is all part of the Disneyland Resort’s comprehensive approach to health and safety measures, according to Dr. Pamela Hymel, Chief Medical Officer for Disney Parks, Experiences and Products.
One week ago, the Walt Disney Co. alerted workers that 28,000 of their ranks would be laid off across the country due to the ongoing coronavirus shutdown. Though Orange County and the Disneyland Resort have attempted to work with Gov. Gavin Newsom to formulate a reopening guideline, those plans were tabled by Newsom’s office. Still, employees who work behind the scenes, at Downtown Disney, in offices, and remotely from home, all who remain employed can participate in this program, should they need to be tested.
“We have taken a robust science-based approach to responsibly reopening our parks and resorts across the globe,” Hymel wrote in a prepared statement. “Our comprehensive approach emphasizes a combination of health and safety measures to help reduce risk, and with that in mind, we have finalized a plan for all working cast members of the Disneyland Resort to have access to free, easily accessible testing options.”
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This article originally appeared on the Mission Viejo Patch