Walt Disney Co.’s park division, which includes Disneyland Resort, said Monday it is reducing its staff count as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, with 28,000 domestic employees affected.

The company’s non-working employees have been on furlough since April, with Disney paying healthcare benefits. Now, the company has “made the very difficult decision to begin the process of reducing our workforce,” Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Chairman Josh D’Amaro said in a statement.

About 67% of the affected employees are part-time.

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The cuts are a result of “the prolonged impact of COVID-19 on our business,” D’Amaro notes, which is “exacerbated in California by the state’s unwillingness to lift restrictions that would allow Disneyland to reopen.”

The Anaheim resort, which includes two theme parks, three hotels and the Downtown Disney retail area, all closed on March 14; Downtown Disney has started a phased reopening in recent months while the theme parks await state reopening guidelines.

The layout is OC’s largest employer with 32,000 workers.

“Our Cast Members have always been key to our success, playing a valued and important role in delivering a world-class experience, and we look forward to providing opportunities where we can for them to return,” said D’Amaro.

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