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Rivers Casino in Schenectady announces layoff plans amid ongoing COVID-19 closure

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SCHENECTADY — Rivers Casino announced it will lay off employees furloughed since March amid the continuing COVID-19 closure.

The casino announced on Monday it issued notices as part of federally-mandated Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification requirements.

More than 1,000 Rivers employees have been furloughed after salaries and wages were retained for four weeks following temporary closure of the property on March 15 in order to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, the casino said in a statement. 

“It is uncertain how long the furloughs will continue and how many furloughs may unfortunately become permanent layoffs.”

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Casinos haven’t been given the green light by the state to reopen and Rivers said it would like to do so once permitted. 

“The casino has developed a comprehensive reopening plan that addresses crowd management, cleanliness, air quality and circulation, monitoring isolation, and social distancing to provide the safest environment possible,” the statement read. “Our guests and team members’ safety is our highest priority.”

Closure of the facility has also impacted city finances. Projected casino revenue that has failed to materialize amid the closure constitutes $1.7 million of the city’s $12 million financial shortfall, city Mayor Gary McCarthy said last week. 

Rivers isn’t the only gaming facility to issue the layoff notices:

Employees at Tioga Downs, Vernon Downs, Rivers Casino Resorts World Catskills and Resorts World New York City all are expected to receive the notices, USA Today reported on Monday.

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