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Layoffs announced at Par-A-Dice amid COVID-19 pandemic

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EAST PEORIA (WEEK) -- Permanent layoffs have hit the Par-A-Dice casino in East Peoria, but it's not clear how many have been let go from the company.

The Boyd Gaming Corporation sent a letter to employees at the Par-A-Dice in May, warning of potential layoffs of anywhere from 25 to 60 percent of the staff.

A company spokesperson did not release how many employees were to be laid off, but did provide a statement on the situation.

As was previously reported, in May we issued WARN Act letters advising certain team members of the possibility of layoffs in July.  While we have been able to reopen most of our properties since that time, we are still facing significant restrictions on our business, and visitation levels remain well below pre-pandemic levels. 

Given these ongoing challenges and continued uncertainty, we are moving forward with permanent layoffs of team members who were still on furlough and had not been recalled to work.  These layoffs are at the lower end of the range outlined in the WARN Act letters issued in May. We are notifying affected team members as expeditiously as we can.

This was an extremely difficult decision for our Company, and one we had hoped would not be necessary.  To assist impacted team members during this difficult time, we will be providing financial assistance to those who are affected.

Statement from Boyd Gaming Corporation

According to a termination letter sent to an employee on July 9 from Boyd Gaming, the layoffs are a result of "the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy, related restrictions on our property operations, and our continued inability to predict future business trends."

The letter sent last week stated the layoffs were to take place July 1-14.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported 2,500 company workers in Nevada alone could be affected.

Outside of Illinois and Nevada, Boyd Gaming owns properties in Indiana, Iowa, Kansa, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Par-A-Dice reopened its doors on July 1, after closing in mid March to follow the Illinois Gaming Board's instruction that all Illinois casinos temporarily close as a way to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Par-A-Dice reopened with reduced hours and a 50 percent capacity at the facility.

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