Erie County, New York (WIVB) – Northern Delaware has laid off a total of 517 people from its workforce, 139 of whom are from western New York.
These discounts came from the company’s headquarters, Amherst Call Center, Buffalo Niagara International Airport, Hamburg Games, Buffalo Bills Stadium and Niagara Falls State Park.
The company believes that the economy is not recovering as quickly as hoped from the Corona virus as one of the reasons for layoffs.
Northern Delaware continues to make the tough decisions needed to stabilize the company in the wake of the pandemic. These business conditions have forced us to close or significantly curtail our operations at our 218 hospitality business locations in the US, UK and Australia over the past six months, and these conditions are likely to continue for the foreseeable future.A company spokesman said in a statement.
“ We still cannot predict when our business will return to pre-COVID-19 levels, for example, more than 50 sports fields, stadiums and arenas where we provide food, beverage and retail services have closed, including TD Garden in Boston, which is owned and operated by Delaware. Visiting has been greatly reduced to many destination hotels, including in and near national parks, and to destination restaurants in Orlando, Los Angeles and New York that we operate in. As a result, today we have unfortunately had to completely eliminate 517 time positions across the company because It is becoming increasingly clear that their roles will not return in the foreseeable future Losing valued employees is never easy, but it was important for us to pay our severance pay to these colleagues.“
Delaware North says its ability to recall employees from temporary leave has been frustratingly slow due to delays in operating locations and reduced capacity, but they have pledged to continue bringing employees back from leave as hope continues for improved working conditions.