Universal Resorts in Orlando, FL Announces Layoffs

Universal Orlando has laid off an undisclosed number of employees only weeks after reopening according to a spokesperson for the organization.

WDW News Today reports that the layoffs were confirmed in a statement to Spectrum News. The spokesperson said that Universal “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.”

The company did not specify how many jobs had been cut. The parks are still open with limited capacity under its phased reopening program. While Volcano Bay has reached capacity the past few weekends, most other theme parks in Central Florida are experiencing low attendance as the Coronavirus pandemic drags on.

Universal is offering severance packages to the employees that have been let go. Many of its team members have been retained, but with a 20 percent pay cut though the pandemic. But in May, part-time team members were furloughed due to the extended closures of its properties.

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