GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – Delaware North Companies, which supplies vendor services for venues such as Lambeau Field and Miller Park, has announced it will furlough 1,300 employees.
According to a letter submitted to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, Delaware North anticipated the impact of the coronavirus pandemic to be short-lived. Some full-time associates were placed on temporary leave and its part-time associates on a temporary layoff beginning in March.
“The pandemic has proved longer in duration and more devastating than anyone could have predicted. This was an unforeseen business circumstance that renders us unable to forecast the precise timeline for business to resume to a level sufficient to return all of our associates to work,” Delaware North says in the letter. “Thus, it is reasonably foreseeable that many associates will not return to work within six months.”
The company says the coronavirus pandemic is “an evolving situation” and “as business resumes, we will be recalling associates.” They add that they hope the action is temporary.
The letter states 184 associates at Delaware North’s Green Bay location and 1,119 total associates from its Milwaukee location.
Delaware North provided the following statement to WFRV Local 5, saying:
“Some of Delaware North’s full-time employees in operations at Miller Park and Lambeau Field who have been on temporary leave since April are being notified that as a result of COVID-19’s ongoing impact on the business, the leave will likely be extended through September or beyond.”
Earlier this week, the MLB released the Milwaukee Brewers’ 60-game schedule, which includes 30 home games. The Green Bay Packers have not released full details regarding the 2020 season, but have announced that if fans are allowed in Lambeau, seating will be limited and masks will be required, among other changes.