In New Jersey and Eldorado Resorts Incorporated has reportedly laid off almost the entire workforce at its Tropicana Atlantic City venue as the coronavirus-related closure of the state’s nine casinos enters its second month.
According to a Wednesday report from the online news domain at NJ.com, the Reno-headquartered casino firm detailed the lay-offs impacting some 2,704 Atlantic City employees over the weekend via a filing with the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
NJ.com reported that the move follows a March 16 order from New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy that temporarily shuttered every one of the eastern state’s casinos so as to help stop the spread of a coronavirus strain that has so far killed approximately 28,600 Americans. This decision purportedly put the jobs of over 10,600 people in doubt with the American Gaming Association estimating that a two-month shutdown could end up costing ‘The Garden State’ up to $1.1 billion in lost economic activity.
Eldorado Resorts Incorporated reportedly last month furloughed approximately 450 employees in Las Vegas while it used an April 8 filing to declare that it now intends to lay-off all non-essential staff members while keeping just ‘the minimum workforce needed to maintain basic operations.’ The Atlantic City redundancies are purportedly being joined by another 1,205 in Missouri alongside a further 529 in Indiana as well as 430 in Ohio.
NJ.com reported that all of Eldorado Resorts Incorporated’s laid off workers are to continue receiving company-backed health benefits until the end of June while the Nevada casino firm announced on Saturday that its executives had agreed to accept unspecified cuts to their basic salaries.
Murphy’s coronavirus-related shutdown order additionally reportedly impacted all cinemas, gyms, racetracks, concert venues and nightclubs in New Jersey and subsequently led Tropicana Atlantic City to temporarily close every one of its over 20 in-house restaurants and beverage outlets for the loss of over 180 jobs.