SeaWorld parks, including Busch Gardens Williamsburg, to furlough majority of workforce due to coronavirus

Posted at 9:09 PM, Mar 27, 2020

In response to the global coronavirus pandemic resulting in the temporary closures of its parks, SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. announced it will furlough more than 90% of its current employees starting on April 1.

This includes the employees of Busch Gardens Williamsburg, one of the company's two Busch Gardens parks.

According to the filing the company made with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday, the furloughed employees will not be paid during the furlough period after March 31. However, subject to local regulations, these employees will be eligible for unemployment benefits.

At this time, the furlough period is uncertain due to the temporary park closures and will be reassessed as business conditions dictate.

"The Company looks forward to welcoming back its ambassadors and guests when it is safe to open again," SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. said in a statement.

All SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. parks closed on March 14 due to concerns over the pandemic.

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