Universal Orlando Resort has confirmed that more layoffs are on the way for the resort’s Team Members.
This news was shared by reporter Ashley Carter on Twitter. She shared a segment of an official statement which reads:
“We have again made the difficult decision to reduce our workforce to reflect current priorities and needs. As always, we are aware of the impact this will have on those affected by this decision and their families. We are grateful for their contribution and we will support them through this process with severance pay, subsidized health benefits and reemployment assistance. We continue to have confidence in the long term future of our business, our industry, and our community.”
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Just got an update on Universal Orlando. Epic Universe remains paused as they "allow the tourism industry to recover." Also, yes, there have been more layoffs. Here's a statement from Universal on the layoffs: pic.twitter.com/xpGhLZJUkl
— Ashley Carter (@AshleyLCarter1) July 31, 2020
The Orlando Sentinel confirmed this statement was sent out in an email by Universal spokesman Tom Schroder. In that statement, he also reaffirmed, “We are prioritizing daily operations and shorter-term projects and continuing our pause on longer-term projects such as Epic Universe as we allow the tourism industry to recover.”
Universal did not disclose how many team members will be laid off.
This news comes only a day after Universal announced a revenue loss of 94% in the second quarter of this year due to the closures as well as the indefinite pause on the construction of Universal Orlando Resort’s third theme park, Epic Universe.
This will be the second round of layoffs Universal Orlando Resort has issued. The first instance came in the end of June when Schroder explained,
“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.”
The announcement of the second round of layoffs also comes on the heels of a story that revealed that 115 people have been injured, and one person paralyzed, on a water slide at Universal Orlando Resort’s water park, Volcano Bay.
Universal Orlando Resort was the first Central Florida theme park to reopen to the public instituting social distancing, face masks and other health and safety policies to get its fans and Annual Passholders back to the fun. Its theme park, Islands of Adventure was named the second-best theme park in America for 2020 by TripAdvisor and Universal Studios Orlando was earned the #5 spot on the list.