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601 people temporarily laid off at City of Guelph

The City of Guelph is temporarily laying off 601 casual, part-time employees. The decision was blamed on extended closures and the suspension of non-essential services, according to a news release.

City blames layoffs on extended closures and suspension of non-essential services

The City of Guelph says it is temporarily laying off employees as city facilities remain closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. (City of Guelph)

The City of Guelph is temporarily laying off 601 casual, part-time employees.

The layoffs affects workers in recreation services, such as school crossing guards and some library workers, the city said in a news release.

"This is not an action we wanted to take, but one we needed to as COVID-19 continues to affect our community and some of the services we're able to deliver," said chief administrative officer Scott Stewart in a statement.

The city said it will help these workers access government support services during their layoff period.

All city facilities such as arenas, pools, recreation centres, libraries, theatres and museums, are closed until April 30. 

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