Disney Executive Chairman Bob Iger Speaks About Being Named to California’s COVID-19 Business Recovery Task Force

After being named to California’s COVID-19 Business Recovery Task Force on Friday, The Walt Disney Company Executive Chairman Bob Iger spoke out in an interview about what he feels will need to be done as public conversation begins to shift to when and how non-essential businesses can reopen.

Iger spoke with KABC about the challenges that lay ahead; namely, finding ways to make people feel safe as a vaccine is still months to a year away from being approved for public use, saying: “Clearly, making people feel safe from getting the virus is the biggest obstacle and it’s clearly complicated… It’s not just about — as far as we know — social distancing. It’s about taking a number of steps, implementing a number of procedures to make sure that people feel safe.”

Increased hygiene is important to help fight the virus while still heading on a path back to economic normalcy, Iger added, “but it’s likely that we’re going to need some mass testing, at scale, and some form of contact tracing as well so that we can identify people who have been exposed or people who have had the virus and may be of harm to others.”

Also on Friday, the federal government released guidelines for a phased reopening of public venues like restaurants, movie theaters, and sports venues, which could pave the way to a phased (and somewhat limited) reopening of the Disney Parks, though earlier this week, California Governor Gavin Newsom said that public gatherings would be “unlikely” through August. Previously, Iger suggested that when the parks do reopen, guests could be subject to temperature screenings before entering.

KABC reports that over 80 people have been named to the task force. Iger joins Apple CEO Tim Cook, along with former Federal Reserve head Janet Yellin and former California Governors Gray Davis, Jerry Brown, Pete Wilson, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, on the task force.

You can see Iger’s brief interview in the ABC7 post here.

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