Universal sent the City of Orlando four notices that employees would be laid off for more than six months. Some of those layoffs could be permanent.
Earlier this month, Universal reduced its workforce due to the pandemic, and two hotels announced they would be closing temporarily. Those layoffs include 164 people at Cabana Bay, 200 people at the Hard Rock, 475 at Portofino Bay, and 176 support staff.
In a statement to WESH 2 News, Loews Hotels said the following:
“Unfortunately, the global pandemic surrounding COVID-19 has forced Loews Hotels & Co to make some difficult decisions as it relates to our workforce. Team Members are the backbone of our company… and rest assured, these measures were not taken lightly.”
Our thoughts go out to all the Team Members, this can’t be easy and we appreciate all the work you’ve done these last few months making every guest feel welcome again.