June 24, 2020
By: Staff Report
ORALNDO Fla. – Just weeks after opening for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic took over, Universal Orlando announced that it would need to lay off some of its theme park employees.
“We are working to structure and strengthen our business for the future in anticipation of the tourism industry taking time to fully recover. In that regard, we have already taken important steps such as adjusting budgets and implementing salary reductions and furloughs. Most recently, we have made the difficult decision to reduce our Parks & Resorts workforce across multiple locations and business units. This decision was not made lightly, but was necessary to prepare us for the future. We are aware of the impact this will have on those affected by this reduction and their families, and we are working to support them through this process. This includes severance pay, subsidized health benefits and professional reemployment assistance,” the statement read.
Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, and Universal’s Volcano Bay reopened June 5 but with reduced capacity, and CDC recommended social distancing guidelines in place.