By Harvey Hoffman

Most of Atlantic City’s resorts casinos have sent temporary layoff notices to employees, enabling nearly 16,000 workers to receive unemployment benefits.

Atlantic City’s nine casinos have been closed since March 16, when New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy ordered them to shut down indefinitely over concerns of the spread of the new coronavirus.

“This is truly an unprecedented time not only for Ocean, but for everyone,” a statement from Terry Glebocki, CEO of Ocean Casino Resort, said. “We are looking forward to the day when Ocean Casino Resort can reopen and welcome back our team members and guests.”

Other casino operators in Atlantic City, and across the United States, also are expected to reduce staffing levels as the country’s gaming, hospitality and tourism industries grind to a near halt.

The mass casino layoffs came the same day national unemployment numbers were released and offered a bleak picture of how concerns over COVID-19 have impacted the economy. According to the data, about 155,000 people in New Jersey filed for unemployment, 16 times the number who filed a week earlier.


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