Due to closures and suspension of service’s around the city, Regina City Manager Chris Holden announced that 360 casual employees have been laid off.
During the city’s daily briefing on COVID-19, Holden said that these layoffs come as the definition of ‘everyday service’ continues to change throughout the COVID-19 crisis.
The layoffs will take effect at the end of the workday on March 31st.
The staff being laid off include people like cashiers, equipment operators, lifeguards, and maintenance staff.
“Our hope is that this layoff is temporary and that we will be able to return to normal business operations as soon as possible,” said Holden.
Holden acknowledged the fact that these layoffs will have a significant impact on the people effected, adding that they will help employees access the financial supports offered by the federal and provincial governments.
The city has also postponed the recall of around 500 seasonal casual staff.
Updates about City programs and services can be found at Regina.ca/coronavirus.