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Disneyland details reopened. Some workers say this is too early



Disneyland details reopened. Some workers say this is too early

When Disneyland reopens on July 17 after nearly four months of closing, park visitors will need healthy reservations, masks and respect for social distance, reinforced by a team of trained workers on the loose.

Apart from the precautions announced over the last few weeks, Anaheim’s popular theme park plan to open its gates has attracted much opposition, including from Disneyland employees who say the reopening is too fast.

A dozen unions representing around 17,000 Disneyland employees wrote to Governor Gavin Newsom on Thursday, saying it was still not safe to reopen the park.

In addition, a petition about calling for a delay in reopening the park until the number of coronavirus infections is reduced. It has been signed by more than 40,000 people, including several Disneyland employees, their family members, and annual permit holders.

The signatories include Marissa Mendez, 27, who works in a retail store at Disneyland Resort and worries that asthma makes her very vulnerable to the corona virus.

“I signed the petition and urged fellow cast members and close friends to do the same for the safety of our guests and cast,” he said in an email interview. “Safety and health are top priorities. The opening not only affected the state of California but also the guests who visited us around the world. “

Trade union coalitions, including those representing musicians and workers in resort hotels and restaurants, said in a letter to the governor that the opening had to be postponed because “there were many questions about safety that Disney had not yet answered.”

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Walt Disney Co. have not responded to union requests to frequently test all employees for the new corona virus and to disinfect Disney hotels using “electrostatic” fogging, among other cleaning proposals, said Austin Lynch, committee for Unite Here, Local 11, which represents hospitality workers.

Disneyland maintains its opening plan by registering a number of steps amusement parks are taken to protect guests and employees from viruses, including capacity limits, temperature checks at park entrances, improved cleaning and temporary delays from parades and firework shows that tend to attract many people.

“The safety and well-being of our cast members and guests is at the forefront of our planning, and we hope to continue dialogue with our union on extensive health and safety protocols,” said Disneyland spokeswoman Liz Jaeger, adding that the resort protocol added following guidance from public health officials.

The reopening debate comes as COVID-19 ICU hospitalization in Orange County has jumped 76% in the past six weeks. Despite an increase in hospitalization, Chairman of the Orange County Board of Trustees, Michelle Steel, Wednesday indicated that regional leaders had no plans to stop the reopening plan.

Disney reopens Shanghai Disneyland on May 11 and the shopping and dining district in Orlando, Florida, known as Disney Springs on May 20. Plans have been announced to open Downtown Disney, the shopping district in Anaheim, on July 9 and Walt Disney World Resort in Florida on July 11. Hong Kong Disneyland reopens Thursday.

Disneyland representatives declined to say how many visitors would be allowed into the Anaheim park when it opened but said its capacity would be “very limited.”

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Disney and other theme park operators rely on a phased reopening plan to give workers time to learn new health protocols and identify problems that can complicate efforts to increase the number of recognized park visitors, according to industry experts.

The biggest challenge is having to remind park visitors to keep their masks and keep social distance, said Bill Coan, chief executive of Itec Entertainment, developer of theme park attractions and shows.

He noted that a small park in Florida, called Gatorland, was commissioned an employee dressed as skunk apes (characters like the legendary Big Foot) to walk around the park, remind people to wash their hands, use a hand sanitizer station and keep a safe distance from each other.

“Someone has to monitor these things, and that means more people or staff,” Coan said.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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