Universal Orlando reduces workforce by undisclosed number

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Universal Orlando Resort, despite having reopened in June, has cut an undisclosed number of jobs due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic's negative impact on travel to the region.

Here's a statement from Universal Orlando Resort spokesman Tom Schroder provided to Orlando Business Journal:

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We continue to manage our business through challenging times, focusing on the health and safety of our guests and team members and working to remain as resilient as possible. We are prioritizing daily operations and shorter-term projects and continuing our pause on longer-term projects such as Epic Universe as we allow the tourism industry to recover. We have again made the difficult decision to reduce our workforce to reflect current priorities and needs. As always, we are aware of the impact this will have on those affected by this decision and their families. We are grateful for their contribution and we will support them through this process with severance pay, subsidized health benefits and reemployment assistance. We continue to have confidence in the longterm future of our business, our industry and our community.

The staffing decision for the theme park giant, which is owned and operated by Philadelphia-based Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA), comes a day after Comcast shared its second-quarter earnings results for the period ending June 30. The theme park segment of the company did not fare well at all, thanks to being closed most of the quarter.

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