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Disney parks may take guests' temperatures after reopening, Iger says

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Posted at 2:56 PM, Apr 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-07 17:57:37-04

(KGTV) — Returning to normal could come with some changes at Disney's theme parks, the company's executive chairman Bob Iger said in a recent interview.

Speaking with Barron's Magazine, Iger said the company is looking at ways to return to normal after the coronavirus pandemic while protecting guests. One method being discussed is taking temperatures before guests enter parks.

"One of the things that we’re discussing already is that in order to return to some semblance of normal, people will have to feel comfortable that they’re safe. Some of that could come in the form ultimately of a vaccine, but in the absence of that it could come from basically, more scrutiny, more restrictions," Iger told Barron's. "Just as we now do bag checks for everybody that goes into our parks, it could be that at some point we add a component of that that takes people’s temperatures, as a for-instance."

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Iger went on to say that they are looking at how China operates in regards to taking temperatures.

"You can’t get on a bus or a subway or a train or enter a high-rise building there—and I’m sure this will be the case when their schools reopen—without having your temperature taken," Iger added.

Disney's parks have been closed since the weekend of March 16.

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Following the closures, cast members had been paid during the closure. More recently, it was announced that non-essential workers would be furloughed amid the continued closures.

"Over the last few weeks, mandatory decrees from government officials have shut down a majority of our businesses,” a Disney statement read.

Disney CEO Bob Chapek has taken a 50 percent pay cut, while Iger has given up his salary for the year amid the pandemic.