Business and Tourism

Gov. Newsom: New Stay-at-Home Order Mandate Based on ICU Capacity

California Gov. Gavin Newsom introduced a new regional stay-at-home order that triggers business shutdowns and limits on people’s movement based on hospital ICU capacity by regions. Here is a summary of pending restrictions and closures: • Indoor and outdoor playgrounds • Indoor recreational facilities • Hair salons and barbershops • Personal care services • Museums, zoos, and aquariums • Movie ...

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State Announces Assistance for COVID-Impacted Businesses, Including Tax Relief & $500 Million in Grants

California is providing tax relief during the pandemic. Billions in immediate, temporary tax relief will support businesses impacted by COVID-19, including an automatic three-month extension for taxpayers filing less than $1 million in sales tax, interest-free payment agreements to larger companies with up to $5 million in sales tax and expanded interest-free payment options for larger businesses particularly affected by ...

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Pandemic Shutdown Forces Disney To Lay Off 4,000 More Employees – Bringing Lay-Off Total To 32,000

Disney has laid off another 4,000 cast members due to the state government imposed economic shutdown, according to company filings with the Securities & Exchange Commission.  This brings the company’s pandemic shutdown-induced layoffs to 32,000. “Due to the current climate, including COVID-19 impacts, and changing environment in which we are operating, the company has generated efficiencies in its staffing, including ...

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Disney Announces More Furloughs On Heels Of 28,000 Layoffs, As Newsom Closure Continues

The state-imposed pandemic economic shut-down continues wreaking havoc on jobs and livelihoods, as Disney announced furloughs of cast members at the executive, salaried and hourly level. The company pointed to the Newsom Administration’s re-opening criteria and guidelines for theme parks, which have kept the Disneyland Resort closed for eight months and place it in a state of “limbo.” “We expected ...

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Economist: Massive Job Losses If Disneyland Shutdown Continues

Chapman University’s Economic Forecast Conference last week fleshed out in chilling detail the Disneyland Resort shutdown is inflicting on Orange County’s economy, as well as regionally. Dr. Anil Puri, a Cal State Fullerton economist, presented the damage in black-and-white (you can view here, beginning at about the 1:02 mark).  Puri noted the state-ordered pandemic shutdown has resulted in 45% unemployment ...

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The Anaheim Hotel Supports Wildfire Evacuees With Special Hotel Rate

To support friends and neighbors affected by the wildfires in the surrounding community, The Anaheim Hotel, a Wincome Hospitality owned and managed property, is providing special fire distressed hotel room rates of $89/night with parking for a minimum two-night stay in an executive room with two queen beds.  Guests are welcome to book online or call the hotel at 714-772-5900. ...

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Newsom Guidelines Will Likely Keep Disneyland Closed Until Late 2021

After weeks of foot-dragging despite desperate pleas from business, labor and civic leaders, the Newsom Administration today finally announced re-opening guidelines for California’s theme parks – which have been closed for more than seven months. However, the news was grim: the bottom line is that under Governor Newsom’s rules, major theme parks like the Disneyland Resort and Knott’s Berry Farm ...

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Disney Concludes Return-To-Work Agreements With 11 Unions; UNITE-HERE Local 11 Holding Out

The Disneyland Resort has reached return-to-work agreements with 11 of its cast member unions. These agreements implement a set of COVID-19 health and safety measures and protocols that will be in place when cast members return to their jobs whenever Governor Newsom gets around to allowing the Resort to re-open. The unions in question represent the large majority of Resort ...

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Disneyland Providing Multiple Methods of Free COVID-19 Testing For Cast Members

The Disneyland Resort is offering three different ways for cast members to obtain free COVID-19 tests. “We have finalized a plan for all working cast members of the Disneyland Resort to have access to free, easily accessible testing options,” Disney theme parks chief medical officer Pamela Hymel said in a statement. The Disneyland Resort includes Disneyland, Disney’s California Adventure and ...

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OC Health Care Agency Recommends Re-Opening Disneyland Resort

The Orange County Health Care Agency is recommending Governor Newsom allow the Disneyland Resort and Knott’s Berry Farm be allowed to re-open, reported the OC Register: Local health authorities have given the green light for Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm to reopen while California theme parks await reopening guidelines from Gov. Gavin Newsom after more than six months of coronavirus ...

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