Common cuts personnel as theme parks face basic hurdles from pandemic

Common cuts personnel as theme parks face basic hurdles from pandemic

Orlando Sentinel

Jul 31, 2020 6: 03 PM

A visitor takes a selfie at Universal Studios theme park in Orlando, Florida.

A customer takes a selfie at Common Studios theme park in Orlando, Florida. (GREGG NEWTON/AFP by potential of Getty Images)

Common Orlando Resort laid off an undisclosed completely different of staff Friday, a day after its guardian agency revealed the stark monetary image of the coronavirus’ impression.

Common didn’t utter how many individuals had been laid off or in what departments. A see had now not however been filed with the impart Friday, however the recordsdata of the layoffs circulated all through social media.

No longer now not as a lot as 115 visitors have reported accidents on the identical water sure that insecure a Present York vacationer final 12 months at Common Orlando’s Volcano Bay, primarily based mostly on courtroom docket information from the injured vacationer’s lawsuit.

For these staff, the agency will current severance pay, sponsored correctly being benefits and reemployment assist, Common spokesman Tom Schroder said in an e mail.

“We’re prioritizing on day by day basis operations and shorter-term tasks and persevering with our keep on longer-term tasks paying homage to Story Universe as we allow the tourism business to reinforce,” Schroder’s commentary said. “We’ve now bought once more made the complicated selection to scale back our personnel to protected most recent priorities and needs. As repeatedly, we’re attentive to the impression this may have on these struggling from this selection and their households.”

Schroder added, “We proceed to have self perception within the destroy design ahead for our business, our business and our neighborhood.”

The layoffs arrive at Common Orlando Resort, which doesn’t have a unionized personnel take pleasure in Walt Disney World, because the $600 weekly federal unemployment benefits permitted by Congress all through the pandemic have expired. Now, laid-off Florida staff are best eligible for a most of $275 per week from the impart in unemployment benefits for as a lot as 12 weeks.

Common is owned by NBCUniversal, which is escape by media big Comcast Corp.

All through the agency, the “monetary impression has been main and instantaneous and the operational mutter mainly essentially the most daunting” for theme parks all through the coronavirus pandemic, NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell advised traders Thursday all through an earnings name.

Thursday’s originate of the 2nd-quarter earnings confirmed Common parks’ income fell 94% from practically $1.5 billion in 2019 to $87 million.

Already, the implications of the cuts and the realities of the coronavirus pandemic are felt in Orlando.

Remaining week, Common equipped it was canceling Halloween Concern Nights, a weeks-long fan permitted and highly effective moneymaker that includes apprehensive properties and scare zones.

Ahead of the pandemic, Common Orlando Resort employed about 25,000 staff.

In mid-June, the agency moreover had a spherical of layoffs, the completely different of which the agency did now not repeat.

The troubles aren’t involving in Orlando as some furloughed SeaWorld Orlando and Walt Disney World staff haven’t been referred to as encourage to work. Rosen Resorts and Accommodations laid off practically 2,000 folks efficient Friday.

Walt Disney Co. is scheduled to originate its earnings Tuesday with SeaWorld following on Aug. 10.

grusson@orlandosentine.com

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