nder Gov. Andrew Cuomo‘s new mandate, any business licensed by the State Liquor Authority will be required to close at 10 p.m. nightly. This order applies to bars, gyms, and restaurants, and del Lago Resort & Casino has bars that serve alcoholic beverages, so they are subject to the new rule.
“Due to our limited operations schedule, we have made the difficult decision to furlough 50 employees,” said Lance Young, executive vice president, and general manager of del Lago Resort & Casino. The mandate took effect Friday night.
Del Lago reopened Sept. 9 after a nearly six-month shutdown. New York’s commercial casinos and “racinos” — gaming facilities located at race tracks — were among the last businesses allowed to reopen during the pandemic,
The hiatus affected del Lago’s nearly 1,100 employees, about 225 of whom returned to work when the casino reopened two months ago.
During the coronavirus-induced shutdown, del Lago filed a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act notice that raised the possibility of layoffs if the casino remained closed due to the pandemic. The notice was issued less than two months before the casino reopened.
Before the pandemic, del Lago’s weekly gross gaming revenues would often top $3 million. In the 2019-20 fiscal year, the casino reported more than $151 million in gross gaming revenues and paid over $45 million in gaming taxes.
Casinos were closed for the first five months of the current fiscal year. In the first five months of the last fiscal year, del Lago’s gross gaming revenues totaled more than $67 million.