Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings to Announce on Monday Plans to Help Families Affected by Disney Layoffs

Since the COVID-19 pandemic caused widespread havoc to the tourism industry, Disney has joined many industry leaders in skyrocketing layoffs. These layoffs continue into the foreseeable future. Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings recognizes the economic impact of these layoffs. According to Matthew Peddie of WMFE, the mayor will announce on Monday his plan to provide financial relief by reallocating funds to help families affected by the widespread layoffs.

Mayor Jerry L. Deming

The mayor spoke with Disney about the layoffs. He said the message was “sobering,” as Disney is the largest single-site employer in North America. Walt Disney World Resort employed more than 77,000 in 2019.

Mayor Deming expressed hope for a vaccine to arrive soon. He also called for additional federal funding to address the economic crisis caused by Disney layoffs.

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“We’re in this for the long haul,” the mayor said, adding that seven months of dealing with the effects of the pandemic may stretch out to another seven months before the situation turns around.

We will continue to monitor the layoffs and their economic impact. Check back regularly for more news and information.