A “large majority” of the employees working in MGM Resorts International’s entertainment and sports division is likely to be permanently laid off at the end of next month because of coronavirus closures halting most entertainment operations.
“When our properties closed in March, we were hopeful that our closure would be brief and we would soon be back to entertaining our guests,” division president George Kliavkoff wrote in a letter to employees. “Based on health data we now have, we do not believe it will be safe to restart shows prior to Aug. 31.”
An MGM spokesman on Monday confirmed the validity of the letter, but declined to say how many employees would be affected. In a statement, the company added that it continues to “coordinate with public officials and look forward to the time when we can bring back employees to support our entertainment offerings and relaunch entertainment for our guests.”
Most of MGM’s Strip resorts have reopened at limited capacity…