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del Lago Resort issues statement ahead of WARN notice to employees

Del Lago Resort & Casino says the future is uncertain, as they look at operating amid the Coronavirus Pandemic.

In a statement on Monday, the company said WARN notices would be going out to furloughed employees in the coming days.

A Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification requires employers with 100 or more employees to provide at least 60 calendar days advance written notice of a plant closing or mass layoff affecting 50 or more employees at a single site of employment.

Del Lago Executive Vice President and General Manager Lance Young said in a statement that the casino did its part by closing in March, but has since received little in way of certainty on when they could reopen in the future.

“As part of New York State’s efforts to flatten the curve, del Lago Resort & Casino was ordered to close March 16. Due to the uncertain outlook combined with changes to the industry as a result of the pandemic, many of our employees have been furloughed. Pursuant to State and Federal regulations, the company will issue WARN notices to all del Lago employees that are currently furloughed,” Young said in a statement.

He went on to express what appeared to be frustration with communication between state leaders and leadership at Del Lago. “For nearly 4 months, we have been doing everything in our power to responsibly reopen – prioritizing the safety of our team members and guests. Despite our very best efforts, including the development of comprehensive plans and procedures that outline how we intend to keep everyone as safe as possible in accordance with State mandates and CDC guidelines, we have not yet received information regarding when or how we will be permitted to reopen. We will continue our efforts and hope to welcome our team and guests back soon,” Young added.

Del Lago is a $440 million casino and 205-room hotel located in Tyre, Seneca County. The casino represents a major piece of Seneca County’s annual sales and occupancy tax revenue. Continued closure of the facility is expected to have an impact on the County’s bottom line. However, officials with Seneca County have not spoke to how that may impact operation moving into 2021 and beyond.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.