Seneca Gaming Lays Off 150 Employees

Seneca Niagra Resort and Casino
The Seneca Gaming Corporation announced last Friday that it has eliminated 150 job positions across its three casino properties.

In a statement, Seneca Gaming pointed to the slow recovery of its casino business as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The job cuts were made from its operations department and the company is looking to redirect the affected employees to other positions within the company. Per the company’s statement:

“The challenges presented by the pandemic, notably the closure of our three Seneca Resorts & Casinos properties for 90 days, have been dramatic. While we have begun the initial stages of our phased reopening, the pandemic has unfortunately not made it possible to restore all areas of our operations to date.”

Closure Has Affected Operations

Seneca Gaming’s properties have been back in business since July 1st but the three month closure has already affected its operations. And even now that they are open, the volume of costumers has decreased due to government restrictions plus health and safety protocols.

While Seneca’s casinos have been open, they have been at reduced capacity in order to maintain social distancing measures. Most restaurants are still closed while some slot machines are unavailable to allow social distancing.

Tribal Gaming Open Since May

Non-essential businesses have been allowed to re-open in New York but Governor Cuomo ordered commercial casinos to remain closed earlier this month. However, tribal gaming companies in New York have started to reopen since last May and most of them are already open right now. Seneca gaming began its phased opening in June.

Seneca Gaming Corporation was established in August 2002 by the Seneca Nation of Indians. The latter is one of three federally recognized Seneca entities in the United States. Its sovereign government has 7,800 members or tribal residents. The Nation owns five reservation casinos in Western New York and runs three gaming resorts in New York, namely the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino, Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino, and the Seneca Allegany Resort and Casino.