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SeaWorld Entertainment Lays Off 242 Employees in San Antonio

The San Antonio Express-News reported Tuesday that a total of 242 people will be let go from the company

Tourists visit SeaWorld San Antonio in Texas, the United States, on June 19, 2020. The famous theme park in San Antonio reopened to public on Friday.
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Theme park company SeaWorld Entertainment is laying off nearly 250 employees at parks in San Antonio in the wake of declining attendance due to the coronavirus pandemic.

A total of 242 people will be let go from the company, the San Antonio Express-News reported Tuesday. All full-time and salaried employees affected will receive up to four weeks of severance pay.

"While the Texas parks reopened at a reduced operating capacity and guest capacity in June, park attendance has been impacted by self-imposed limitations and consumer concerns regarding COVID-19 and other concerns," SeaWorld San Antonio President Byron Surrett said in a Sept. 4 letter to the Texas Workforce Commission.

SeaWorld capped attendance at its San Antonio parks at 25% capacity.

In March, the theme park had furloughed the employees in after SeaWorld and adjoining water park Aquatica closed due to government-mandated shutdowns.

Orlando-based SeaWorld Entertainment has 12 parks in the country. It did not say how many employees it's laying off nationwide.

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