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Hundreds of local casino workers risk losing jobs permanently

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MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. — The economic impact the pandemic has had on Indiana casinos isn’t stopping. Another gaming company has announced layoffs for its employees.

Boyd Gaming Company says more than 1,000 workers at its Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City and Belterra Casino and Resort in Switzerland County are at risk of losing their jobs permanently.

According to Inside Indiana Business, the company says permanent layoffs could impact between 25% and 60% of staff at both locations.

The company says for those who have not been laid off yet, the current furlough may last longer than six months from the date it began, despite some casinos in the state planning on opening back up in Mid-June when Indiana hits Stage Four of the re-opening plan. That stage is supposed to go into effect on June 14.

Almost all Indiana casinos have been closed since mid-March.

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