Jobs are being cut due to slow business during the pandemic.
Aramark, a large food service contractor that staffs the concession booths at Coors Field and other local venues, has announced 975 layoffs in two letters to Denver Mayor Michael Hancock. The layoffs will affect people who work at Coors Field and the Mission Ballroom.
One letter informed the city that due to the unprecedented interruption of business because of COVID-19, that it will not be able to keep employees at Coors Field. Roughly 904 employees will be laid off from the stadium at this time. The positions include beverage servers, hosts, cooks, cashiers, security workers, food prep, hots bussers, suite attendants, and food stand staff.
Then, a separate letter to Mayor Hancock expressed that Aramark would no longer be employing 71 bartenders at Mission Ballroom. Aramark expressed that Mission Ballroom did not expect to need their services during the pandemic.
In both letters, Aramark stated, "Aramark has experienced unprecedented disruption to our business caused by the COVID-19 global pandemic."
The letters were filed under the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act. Aramark says it hopes to return to regular operations as soon as it's "reasonably feasible."
Colorado is experiencing an increase in COVID-19 cases, and gathering sizes have been restricted in some places, including Denver. These most recent layoffs to foodservice industry workers come at a time when many or struggling to find work, and the job market is flooded with those who have lost jobs in recent months.
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