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Proctors laying off employees amid COVID-19 shutdown

Proctors laying off employees amid COVID-19 shutdown

Proctors laying off employees amid COVID-19 shutdown
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SCHENECTADY - With mounting COVID-19 concerns, Proctors told employees Tuesday it plans to lay off staff members, according to an email a Proctors employee shared with the Gazette.  

"This will be incredibly painful," Proctors CEO Philip Morris wrote in the letter.

Starting Friday, Proctors, Capital Repertory Theatre and Universal Preservation Hall will continue operations with a “skeleton crew” of about 20 percent. Each of the remaining employees will have to accept pay and benefit reductions, according to the email. 

The layoffs included Proctors’ communications and public relations manager as well as the Managing Editor/Associate Publisher of their magazine, David King.

“I’ve been laid off from The Collaborative effective Friday. Thank you to everyone who read us and shared their stories with us,” King posted on Facebook.  

The announcement comes days after Gov. Andrew Cuomo mandated that gatherings of 500 or more no longer be permitted. Since then, Proctors has canceled events and temporarily closed its three venues.

Morris wrote the letter as he and his wife, Kathleen, remain in self-quarantine after Morris had lunch with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.  

“We built, together, a rather remarkable organization. You should all be proud of your efforts to that end. Now we have to try to keep these properties afloat and available for a comeback whenever that is possible. I am so sorry not to be in a room with you. Clearly, it is a dagger to my heart that I must continue my quarantine and we cannot all be in the same room at this time, anyway,” Morris wrote. 

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