The doorway to the Magic Kingdom at Disney World is seen on the primary day of closure as theme parks within the Orlando space droop operations for 2 weeks in an effort to curb the unfold of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Paul Hennessy/SOPA Pictures/LightRocket through Getty Pictures)Paul Hennessy | SOPA Pictures | LightRocket through Getty ImagesAs the variety of coronavirus instances surges in Florida, greater than 7,000 folks have signed an internet petition urging Disney and authorities officers to rethink the opening of Disney World subsequent month.”This virus isn’t gone, sadly it is solely change into worse on this state,” the petition, which was posted on MoveOn.org on Sunday, states. “Having our theme parks stay closed till instances are steadily lowering would preserve our company, our workers and their households protected. Re-opening the theme parks is just placing our company, workers, and households at increased threat for contracting COVID-19.”The petition comes as coronavirus instances are rising quickly within the state. The Florida Division of Well being reported 5,508 new instances in a single day, based on information printed by the company. The 5.3% enhance from in the future to the following brings the whole within the state to 109,014. “The protection and properly being of our forged members and company are on the forefront of our planning, and we’re in lively dialogue with our unions on the intensive well being and security protocols, following steering from public well being specialists, which we plan to implement as we transfer towards our proposed, phased reopening,” Disney stated in an announcement to CNBC.Disney shares, which have a market value of $202.2 billion, fell about 4% in buying and selling Wednesday.As with many on-line petitions, it’s troublesome to find out if signees are literally Walt Disney workers or if the petition is union-backed. There is no such thing as a point out within the petition itself of any affiliation with an worker union.Representatives of the Walt Disney World worker union Native 362 declined to remark.Disney’s theme parks make use of round 70,000 folks and are anticipated to start a phased reopening on July 11. Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom could be the primary parks to open, adopted by Hollywood Studios and Epcot on July 15.Already, rival Common Studios in Orlando has reopened its parks. Nonetheless, the opening has include a tepid response from parkgoers. Pictures on social media of the 2 parks present restricted attendance. Common doesn’t share its attendance numbers with the general public.The park additionally laid off an unspecified variety of theme park workers Tuesday, as tourism ranges haven’t returned to Orlando.”We’re working to construction and strengthen our enterprise for the longer term in anticipation of the tourism trade taking time to completely recuperate,” Common stated in an announcement. “In that regard, now we have already taken vital steps reminiscent of adjusting budgets and implementing wage reductions and furloughs. Most lately, now we have made the troublesome choice to scale back our Parks & Resorts workforce throughout a number of places and enterprise models. This choice was not made calmly, however was needed to organize us for the longer term.”Disney has already reopened parks in Shanghai and Hong Kong and has dates set for reopening its Paris and Japan-based places. The corporate has introduced plenty of security measures that will likely be put in place when it reopens in Florida, together with a rise in sanitation stations and the necessities that masks be worn and that company follow social distancing. “Whereas theme parks are a good way to chill out and revel in free time, it’s a non-essential enterprise; it isn’t honest to the individuals who work there to threat their lives, particularly if they’re in danger or have members of the family who’re in danger,” the petition reads. “Persons are extra vital than making a revenue.”Disclosure: NBCUniversal is the father or mother firm of Common Studios and CNBC.