Disney World agrees to onsite COVID-19 testing for cast members, ends impasse with actors’ union

Disney World will begin providing onsite coronavirus testing for cast members and their families this week, ending a nearly two-month dispute with a union that represents stage actors at the park.

According to Kate Shindle, president of the Actors’ Equity Association, the union has signed a memorandum of understanding with Disney for hundreds of actors to return to work.

“We have been consistent that testing is an important part of ensuring a safe workplace for Equity performers, and today, I’m pleased to see that Disney World has agreed,” Shindle said in a statement Wednesday.

The Actors Equity Association represents 51,000 stage performers nationwide, including about 750 at Disney World.

The testing center will be located at the Disney Maingate Complex in Kissimmee, Florida, and will be open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. The tests will be self-administered by people in their vehicles, and results will take three to five days. Testing is by appointment and available to Disney cast members, operating participant employees and their family members.

USA TODAY reached out to Disney World for more information about the testing site.

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