USA – It has been reported today that two leading casino corporations in Atlantic City, which is being branded a ghost town since the Covid-19 outbreak; Hard Rock Hotel and Casino and Ocean Casino Resort, have started laying off staff with written notices in order for them to qualify for unemployment benefits, as the uncertainty continues regarding the re-opening of the gaming venues.
According to reports, the notices to employees stated
Since the middle of March, a total of nine casino establishments have been closed after Governor Phil Murphy enforced a total shut-down as a preventative measure to curb the spread of Covid-19.
Chief executive officer of Ocean Casino Resort Terry Glebocki commented on the situation:
“This is truly an unprecedented time not only for Ocean, but for everyone. We are looking forward to the day when Ocean Casino Resort can reopen and welcome back our team members and guests.”
Reportedly, other gambling establishments in Atlantic City and in other states across the US are also expected to lay staff off.
President of Hard Rock Atlantic City Joe Lupo also shared his views on the period of difficulty:
“Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City is committed to our team members during these unprecedented times, ensuring that our communication has been open and direct. COVID-19 has and will continue to have a tremendous financial impact on our team and business, resulting in incredibly difficult decisions made now and in the future.”
Lupo, who has held the current role since 2018 added:
“Team members furloughed and applying for unemployment will be able to take advantage of the new stimulus package until our property re-opens. We are looking forward to having our team back on property for a busy summer.”
Employee layoffs at Ocean Casino Resort and Hard Rock Hotel and Casino are taking effect as of Friday and Monday respectively.