SeaWorld Entertainment lays off 242 employees in San Antonio

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Killer whale “Tilikum” appears during its performance in its show “Believe” at Sea World on March 30, 2011 in Orlando, Florida. “Tilikum” is back to public performance March 30, the first time since the six-ton whale has performed since killing trainer 40-year-old trainer Dawn Brancheau at the marine park on February 24 2010, after Sea World Parks & Entertainment president Jim Atchinson signed off on the decision this week. (Photo by Gerardo Mora/Getty Images)

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Theme park company SeaWorld Entertainment is laying off nearly 250 employees at parks in San Antonio in the wake of declining attendance due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The San Antonio Express-News reported Tuesday that a total of 242 people will be let go from the company. All full-time and salaried employees affected will receive up to four weeks of severance pay.

In March, the theme park had furloughed the employees in after SeaWorld and adjoining water park Aquatica closed due to government-mandated shutdowns.

Orlando-based SeaWorld Entertainment has 12 parks in the country. It did not say how many employees it’s laying off nationwide.

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