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Boonville casino lays off 350 workers, cites COVID-19


The Isle of Capri casino company notified the state that it will lay off 350 workers because of COVID-19.

The company in its notice cited restrictions on non-essential businesses and stay-at-home orders put in place to slow down the spread of COVID-19.

"This emergency and these sudden unexpected circumstances caused the temporary facility closure and adversely affected our business operations," the company said in its notice to state officials.

Gov. Mike Parson ordered casinos shut down on March 17, hours after a person who later tested positive for COVID-19 was on the Boonville casino floor.

Isle of Capri filed its notice Tuesday.

The Hooters restaurant chain also told state officials Tuesday about mass layoffs, including in Columbia. The company said it will lay off about 320 people across Missouri.

Spartan Light Metal in Mexico, Missouri, notified the state last month it would lay off about 330 workers, plus more at its Hannibal, Missouri, facility.

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