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Universal Orlando Alerts State of Extended Furloughs for 5,400 Workers

ORLANDO, Fla. – Universal Orlando has notified the state that nearly 5,400 furloughed workers will remain on furlough until further notice.

In the notice, which was sent to the state on September 4, Universal executives said the extension was due to the unforeseen impacts COVID-19 has had on operations.

“When Universal Orlando initially notified these Team Members of their furlough, Universal Orlando could not have anticipated that it would exceed six months,” Universal Orlando senior VP of Human Resources Scot LaFerte wrote in the notice. “However, due to business circumstances that were not reasonably foreseeable at the time, Universal Orlando now expects that these Team Members’ furlough could extend beyond six months from their initial furlough date.”

The furloughs, which are not expected to permanent, affect a variety of positions across the resort, including 611 quick service associates, 450 cooks, 416 attraction attendants, 282 merchandise associates, and 215 security officers.

News of Universal’s extended furloughs comes just a day after records revealed that SeaWorld had permanently laid off nearly 1,900 furloughed workers earlier this month.

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