BANFF CENTRE LAYS OFF 400 STAFF TO WEATHER ‘EXTREME’ COVID-19 FINANCIAL BLOW

Employees told in email school 'has never faced a crisis of this magnitude'. The COVID-19 outbreak has nearly shut down the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, forcing it to lay off 75 per cent of its staff members, effective immediately.

The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity campus overlooks the Bow Valley. On Thursday, the centre announced temporary staff layoffs. (The Banff Centre/Facebook)

The COVID-19 outbreak has nearly shut down the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, forcing it to lay off 75 per cent of its staff members, effective immediately.

The educational institution in the Alberta mountain park town was ordered by the provincial health authority to cancel all in-person classes to stop the spread the novel coronavirus, which causes the COVID-19 respiratory disease.

The school, one of the largest employers in Banff, also closed all its public facilities, cancelled all programming and brought its event team back from the United States.

Janice Price, president and CEO, said 400 of roughly 550 employees have been laid off with two-weeks’ pay and records of employment to help them file for employment insurance.

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