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  • In August, MGM laid off 18,000 furloughed workers, about 1,000 of which were at MGM Springfield.

That day, MGM Springfield's employees received a letter concerning the layoffs, stating that the company hopes to bring the workers back to work and increase...

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Massachusetts c-sino closure order prompts layoffs

Las Vegas-based operators are moving to reduce employees at
their Massachusetts properties after the state ordered its c-sinos to close
nightly.

MGM Springfield, a subsidiary of MGM Resorts International, laid off or reduced hours for 250 staff members on Friday. Also, the Wynn Resorts Ltd.-operated Encore Boston Harbor could furlough up to 1,000 employees.

The labor cuts come after Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker ordered the three c-sinos in the state to close nightly at 9:30. The order came into effect Friday with no anticipated end date.

Wynn Resorts said it would close its property between 9 pm
and 9 am until further notice, while MGM Springfield is set to close daily at
9:30 pm and open at 10 am. Both properties are temporarily closing their
hotels.

Encore Boston Harbor and MGM Springfield had closed doors
between March 15 and mid-July because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The nightly curfew is meant to help combat the surging cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. The state’s website revealed that as of Friday, the state had a seven-day positivity rate of 2.1%.

That day, MGM Springfield’s employees received a letter concerning the layoffs, stating that the company hopes to bring the workers back to work and increase working hours once the state lifts the curfew order.

Impacted employees enrolled in MGM’s health care plan will
continue enjoying health benefits for at least the rest of the year. They will
also retain access to the company’s employee portal website, which includes
news updates, internal job postings, training opportunities, and the privilege
to access resources such as MGM’s Employee Emergency Grant Fund.

In August, MGM laid off 18,000 furloughed workers, about 1,000 of which were at MGM Springfield.

Encore Boston Harbor’s operating hours have been reduced to
half, resulting in a likelihood of the company furloughing more employees,
according to a spokesperson. While the company hasn’t finalized the decision,
about 670-1,000 employees are likely to be affected.

Wynn Resorts CEO Matt Maddox said Thursday that he feels the curfew is a “temporary setback” for the Massachusetts-based property, which had seen record EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization) in the third quarter.

He added that the new order will impact the property since
it generates more than half of its revenue at night.

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