The Trump Hotel in Las Vegas, which is partly owned by President Trump, recently released public documents announcing the layoffs of over 500 workers.
In a letter addressed to the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation back in April, the property let officials know that they would be letting 552 workers go temporarily amid the coronavirus shutdown.
“Based on the fluid and rapidly evolving nature of this situation, however, at this time we are unable to provide a specific date at which we will be able to recommence regular hotel operations and return affected employees to work,” the letter read.
Trump International Properties Lay Off/Furlough Employees Across the Country
As a direct response to the economic downfall caused by the COVID-19 casino closures, Trump International either laid off or furloughed employees across seven different major cities: Chicago, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Miami, New York, Washington D.C., and Vancouver.
President Trump Okay With Strip Shutdown
While Las Vegas Mayor Goodman had plenty to say about the “total insanity” of the Strip shut down for this prolonged period of time, President Trump has given clear support to Governor Sisolak on the decisions he’s made to keep the Las Vegas Strip on lockdown until medical experts say it’s okay to reopen.
Even though the move caused the President’s own hotel to shut down, Trump believes it was the best solution in fighting the spread of the coronavirus disease.
“They closed a big hotel down in Nevada that I have in Las Vegas. It’s a very severe step he took. I’m OK with it,” Trump said.
The Trump Hotel joins a growing list of casino-hotels in Las Vegas who have laid off or furloughed many of their workers to save on payroll costs amid the shutdown, including MGM Resorts most recently.
The good news? If casinos reopen soon, with casino operators estimating a mid-May or early June reopening date, that would mean that many of those affected employees will hopefully be getting back to work soon.
It’s a waiting game until then. Be sure to check back for more coronavirus coverage in Las Vegas. Stay safe and healthy!