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Willamalane lays off 288 amid coronavirus closures

The layoffs are considered temporary, officials said.

Posted: Mar 25, 2020 12:06 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – Willamalane Park and Recreation District is temporarily laying off 288 part-time and seasonal employees.

The move comes as closures and cancellations have expanded in an effort to slow the spread of novel coronavirus, officials said.

Those laid off will have access to temporary unemployment benefits.

“This is an incredibly difficult decision but one we have to make,” said Superintendent Michael Wargo. “This is a phenomenal group of people who keep our programs and facilities running, and they are people that we truly value. But, given the reality we’re facing, this is a necessary step we need to take to ensure the financial health of the district.”

Employees will be brought back as the district reopens, officials said.

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