Caesars Palace appears to be the next big Vegas resort to implement mass temporary employee layoffs and furloughs over coronavirus … and the way workers are catching wind of it is about as dramatic as a Shakespearean play.
Sources within the palace walls tell TMZ … staffers working at Gordon Ramsay’s Pub & Grill — which is owned and run by Caesars itself — were notified by head honchos late Saturday furloughs were being instituted effective immediately … and employees there, including some who were full-time, were told to go home and not return to work for the time being.
We’re told the restaurant employees were instructed they wouldn’t be coming back with pay for a minimum of 4 weeks — with no specific return in sight. It doesn’t sound like most of these folks were laid off outright … it’s just a provisional measure.
Per our sources, Ramsay’s team weren’t the only ones to get the temporary boot … we’re told a lot of the hotel maids were given the same talk as well. The reason, according to people who were offered an explanation, the resort’s occupancy has dropped like a rock.
We’re told, normally, Caesars sits at around 80%-90% occupancy, but these past couple weeks have seen a significant dip — going as low as 20% and projected to go lower, we’re told. Accordingly, our sources say Caesar is planning to keep just one hotel tower open.
Caesars wouldn’t be the first resort to do this — MGM has reportedly notified its workers about coming layoff and furloughs because of coronavirus. On the flip side … Wynn Resorts assured their own employees they’d be getting paid during any future closures.
The writing might’ve been on the wall for Caesars to start furloughing next though … they just suspended all live ticketed entertainment this weekend too.
We’ve reached out to Caesars Entertainment Corp. for comment … so far, no word back.