SeaWorld, Busch Gardens to temporarily furlough 90% of workforce

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment announced Friday it is temporarily furloughing more than 90% of its current workforce.

The furlough will apply to employees at all SeaWorld parks, including Busch Gardens and Adventure Island in Tampa.

In a statement, SeaWorld said the decision is due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on its parks, which remain closed and, therefore, unable to generate revenue.

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"We have made the painful but necessary business decision to temporarily furlough over 90% of our current workforce, including corporate employees, to position the company for long-term viability," SeaWorld's statement said. "During this time, our focus is on resuming normal operations and welcoming back guests and Ambassadors as quickly as possible.”

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SeaWorld is only one of many large businesses and corporations forced to lay off or furlough employees as the pandemic forces local, state, and government agencies to force closures through "stay-at-home" orders and lockdowns, all in an effort to stop the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus.

Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando Resort, both in Orlando, closed earlier in March and pledged to pay employees through the end of the month. Their plans for maintaining staff after that time have not been made public.

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