On the surface, the surprise announcement Thursday from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that it would reverse mask mandates and limits on gathering sizes for people vaccinated against COVID-19 looks like great news both for Americans looking for work and for those employed and looking for a pay increase.
News stories across the country have been full of business owners and executives bemoaning their inability to fill open positions in recent weeks.
Restaurants and travel and entertainment companies, in particular, were preparing for a ramp up in business by scrambling to bring in more staff, and the news from the CDC, some said, just gave further impetus to a welcome trend.
Disney CEO: CDC change is ‘big catalyst’
In an interview with Bloomberg television, Bob Chapek, CEO of the Walt Disney Company, said that the CDC announcement would go a long way toward getting the company’s theme park business back to normal and getting the company’s theme park workers back on the job.
“We are really encouraged by what we’re seeing in terms of not only current attendance but forward bookings,” he said. “Today, with the CDC guidance in terms of relaxation of a mask requirement, we think it’s…