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US – Penn National warns of 1,150 job losses likely in Louisiana

By - 8 July 2020

US operator Penn National has said that the axe will fall on the jobs of nearly 1,150 workers at its Louisiana casinos next month, due to the COVID-19 closures and lower business volumes since reopening.

It warned that 161 workers at its L’Auberge Hotel and Casino in Baton Rouge could be laid off along with 441 additional members of staff at the L’Auberge Lake Charles casino on August 15.

A further 200 employees are set to be laid off at Boomtown Casino in Harvey by August 15, along with 350 workers at the Margaritaville Resort Casino in Bossier City are also expected to lose their jobs. All four casinos will remain open.

Penn National Gaming’s senior vice president of public affairs and government relations, Eric Schippers, said: “While we have been able to reopen most of our properties on a limited basis, the continued social distancing requirements and uncertain business volumes means our properties will not be able to resume normal operations for the foreseeable future.”

The Louisiana casino workforce has been hit hard losing more than 4,000 casino jobs state since March with the most being at Horseshoe Entertainment in Bossier City, where 978 people were made redundant on March 31.

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