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Seneca Resorts and Casinos to furlough some workers

Seneca Resorts and Casinos will furlough some of its workers starting Monday, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Seneca Resorts and Casinos declined to say how many of its 3,700 workers were being furloughed, but the company described the furloughs as temporary.

"Though there is no specific date slated for the furloughs to end and the resorts to reopen, the Seneca Resorts and Casinos executive leadership team continues to monitor the situation daily," the company said in a statement.

Seneca Resorts and Casinos operates three area properties: Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino, Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino in Niagara Falls, and Seneca Allegany Resort and Casino in Salamanca. Seneca Gaming Corp. closed all three properties on March 16.

Seneca Resorts and Casinos said it will continue to provide furloughed employees with health, dental, disability, vision and life insurance coverage through May 31. The company is also continuing to offer employee assistance programs for all employees.

Since Seneca Resorts and Casinos closed its three properties, the company has provided three weeks of personal time off to its employees, said Holly Gagnon, Seneca Gaming Corp.'s president and CEO. "We hope to end this furlough quickly and welcome our team members, our Seneca family, back as soon as possible."

The Covid-19 pandemic has hit the hospitality and travel industry hard, with a dropoff in travel and hotel bookings even before the state put restrictions in place on business activity.

Seneca Resorts and Casinos has rescheduled until later this year appearances by a number of entertainers who were set to perform at its properties through April.

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