He said management had tried to avoid layoffs by cutting expenses, suspending projects and streamlining operations. The company had continued to pay health benefits for furloughed workers since April.
"However, we simply cannot responsibly stay fully staffed while operating at such limited capacity," D'Amaro said.
Disney did not disclose how many other US employees work in the parks unit, which includes consumer products, cruise lines, and other businesses.
Last week, Disney urged California officials to issue guidelines that would allow Disneyland to welcome visitors again.
On Tuesday, Dr. Mark Ghaly, California's health secretary, said the state had taken a science-based approach to its reopening that aimed to "minimize the health and economic risks that would be caused by opening and shutting repeatedly".
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