MGM Resorts International notifies staff of mass furloughs

The company said that a large majority of employees could be laid off in August

On Monday MGM Resorts International notified a large majority of its entertainment and sports division employees that they will be laid off by the end of August.

spokesperson said that the Casino had originally hoped the closures would be brief and full operations could be restored but the pandemic has progressed, and based on currently available data, it doesn't look like "it will be safe to restart at the moment."

MGM said that it plans to reopen its entertainment and sports venues when it is safe and informed those laid off that they hope to call back as many employees as possible. In May 63,000 MGM Resorts employees had been informed that they would be furloughed until August 31. 

Brian Ahern - Director Of Media Relations - MGM Resorts ...Director of Media Relations Brian Ahern said, “Given that it is unlikely that concerts and other entertainment events will be returning to Las Vegas in the next month, it has unfortunately impacted the employees who support those shows. We’ve pledged to be as transparent and supportive as possible with employees and are working to reduce the impact and help them moving forward.

Ahern added: “We’re continuing to coordinate with public officials and look forward to the time when we can bring back employees to support our entertainment offerings and relaunch entertainment for our guests.” 

MGM hasn't provided an exact number of how many employees have been affected by the notice.  

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