Bruins, Garden laying off staff as NHL and NBA seasons remain on hold

Bruins, Garden laying off staff as NHL and NBA seasons remain on hold
Celtics fans turn out to a recent game prior to extensive pandemic mitigation measures despite coronavirus concerns earlier this year.

BOSTON — The Bruins have begun laying off staff as the NHL season remains on hold and the TD Garden sits empty amid social distancing measures meant to mitigate the spread of a global pandemic.

The coronavirus disease known as COVID-19 first made big waves in the United States when the NBA suspended its season and announced several players had contracted it.

Since then, businesses and governments have taken increasingly drastic measure to stem the spread of the potentially deadly virus that threatens to overrun healthcare systems around the world.

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Delaware North, the company behind the Bruins and TD Garden announced Wednesday it would layoff Bruins and Garden staff to ‘stabilize’ the business during the pandemic.

Effective April 1, 2020, 68 of our full-time salaried associates will be placed on temporary leave, receiving one week of paid leave and eight weeks of full benefits. Additionally, as of April 1, 2020, 82 of our full-time salaried associates will receive an indefinite salary reduction. Those associates not impacted by the temporary leave or salary reduction have employment contracts.
Statement from Delaware North

The company had been singled out as it was the only one of the 31 NHL teams that hadn’t offered its arena staff help during the shutdown. Delaware North Chairman and Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs, who has an estimated personal net worth of $3.3 billion, drew criticism for his apparent lack of effort to help workers.

“As relayed to our associates today, none of these decisions were reached without difficult and painful deliberations. These measures are intended to be temporary with associate employment and compensation returning once our business resumes to its normal state from this unprecedented stoppage,” the company said in its statement.