Disney’s Chief Medical Officer Fires Back at Governor Newsom


Well now Disney is fighting fire with fire, bringing in Dr. Pamela Hymel, Disney’s Chief Medical Officer, to weigh in on Governor Newsom’s refusal to issue reasonable guidelines for theme park reopening in California.

Governor Newsom has issued some comments about focusing on “Science and data” indicating they were going to “be stubborn about it.”

Now Disney and Dr. Hymel are firing back:


Here is the transcription:

We absolutely reject the suggestion that reopening the Disneyland Resort is incompatible with a “health-first” approach. 
The fact is, that since March we have taken a robust science-based approach to responsibly reopening our parks and resorts across the globe. Our health and safety protocols were developed in consultation with epidemiologists and data scientists, and after considering guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and experts in local government and health agencies. All of our other theme parks both in the United States and around the world have been allowed to open on the strength of our proven ability to operate with responsible health and safety protocols.” — Dr. Pamela Hymel

Now I will be the first to say that I think they are pushing it a bit much with Walt Disney World. It started out well, but I think they are letting too many people in now and they can’t keep as much control over the situation. The argument that “No one has gotten sick at an Orlando theme park” is a subjective one because even if someone did, they would simply say “Prove you got it there and not at the airport” or “a store” or “at home.” It’s going to make it very hard to prove. But taking it at face value, no one has allegedly gotten sick at the Orlando theme parks.

That being said, I think Governor Newsom comes across as being deliberately difficult and is holding some businesses hostage. Others are allowed to reopen with guidelines and they could be arguably just as dangerous as what Disneyland would be. I think it’s time they let Disneyland reopen with guidelines in place. Maybe they should be a bit more concerned with the amount of people they are letting into Walt Disney World.

What do you think? Comment and let us know.

Source: Disney Parks News on Twitter


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