Harrah’s in Chester and Parx Casino Have Layoffs, Closure From COVID-19 Pandemic

A row of slot machines
Image via Harrah's Philadelphia Facebook page.

More than 3,000 workers have been laid off from Harrah’s in Chester and Parx Casino in Bensalem in recent months, writes Daniel Urie for pennlive.com.

Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino & Racetrack saw 1,127 layoffs on March 28.

Parx saw 1,997 people laid off on April 15, the fourth largest mass layoff in the state since 2011.

Both casinos are currently closed as non-life sustaining businesses.

The parent company of Harrah’s is hopeful the furloughs will be temporary but acknowledges they could become permanent.

“Chester Downs & Marina, LLC intends for the furloughs to be temporary; however, given the unknown certainty surrounding COVID-19, it is possible that the furlough could become a permanent layoff,” the company said in an April 24 letter to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry.

Parx Casino echoed that sentiment.

Read more about these casino layoffs here.

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