Disney Says It Will Reopen Shopping Area at Florida Resort on Wednesday

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The Walt Disney Co. will partially reopen its Disney Springs entertainment and shopping complex at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida on Wednesday, it said late on Saturday.

Disney and unions representing workers at Florida's Walt Disney World reached an agreement on safeguards to protect employees from the coronavirus, a union statement said on Thursday, removing one of the company's hurdles to reopening its popular theme parks.

"While our theme parks and resort hotels remain temporarily closed, the phased reopening of Disney Springs is a welcome milestone as we navigate through this unprecedented time together as responsibly as we can," Disney Springs Vice President Matt Simon said in a statement.

Shutting theme park gates cost the company $1 billion from January through March, Disney said earlier this month.

About 120,000 of the company's workers were placed on unpaid furlough, many of them theme park "cast members," as Disney calls them.

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