Atlantis closes casino

Atlantis’ casino will close effective today for four weeks, The Nassau Guardian was told.

A spokesperson for the hotel said that the hotel will remain open.

“We still have guests and we are taking each day as it comes,” the spokesperson said.

In an email to casino staff, Atlantis Senior Vice President of Human Resources Karen Carey wrote, “Regrettably, you will be affected by this closure and will be temporarily laid off during this period.

“In the event you have accrued vacation the company will honor same and you will be paid accordingly.”

The move comes after the hotel asked employees to voluntarily take earned vacation days or two weeks of unpaid leave as it seeks to shoulder the burden brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Minister of Tourism Dionisio D’Aguilar said on Wednesday that Bahamians should prepare for an economic calamity that will exceed that of Hurricane Dorian, as the global tourism industry shuts down.

“The simple yet inconceivable reality we all need to grasp is that there will be no tourists,” he said.

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