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Par-A-Dice could layoff 25-60% of its staff in July

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East Peoria (HOI) -- Boyd Gaming is planning layoffs at Par-A-Dice that could cut between 25-to-60 percent of the staff in July, a spokesperson confirmed Wednesday.

In a letter sent to current employees, the company said, "Based on guest limitations imposed by various regulatory authorities and overall economic conditions, it is clear that we will not be able to recall all of our team members in the foreseeable future."

Furloughs of retained employees may last longer than six months, the letter says. The letter also went out to other Boyd Gaming properties. Two East Peoria city leaders expressed surprise at the layoffs.

"While we are trying to be as transparent as possible with our team members, we cannot determine at this time exactly how many team members will be recalled to work, and how many will need to be laid off," Boyd Gaming spokesperson David Strow said. "As a result, in accordance with applicable laws, we are providing notice to a portion of our workforce of the possibility for layoffs."

Illinois' gaming board suspended all casino operations indefinitely in April. Governor JB Pritzker (D, IL) said Wednesday that casinos would not open in phase three of his re-opening plan, slated to start Friday and last at least four weeks.

If gaming resumes in phase four, there would likely be occupancy restrictions. That phase prohibits gatherings of more than 50 people.

Boyd does have reopening policies ready for the day they're allowed to bring guests back on their properties. Temperatures will be taken at the door, hand sanitizer will be available, available seating will be spaced out, and workers will wear masks.

Boyd says health benefits for their furloughed employees will continue through the end of July.

Bobby Oler @bobbyoler

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