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The Montreal Canadiens announced Tuesday that they will lay off 60% of their staff in a “temporary reduction” that will take effect on March 30.
The NHL season has been suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The CH Group, owner of the team, set up a $ 6 million assistance fund for the employees concerned in order to earn 80% of their base salary for an eight-week period.
The owner, president and chief executive officer of Groupe CH, Geoff Molson, discussed the decision in a press release:
“More than ever, it is important to support our community and demonstrate our solidarity with each other. We are working very hard to limit the impact of this situation on our employees. I take this opportunity to thank our employees for their understanding and patience. In these difficult times, our mutual commitment will help us bounce back faster. ”
The New Jersey Devils and the Philadelphia 76ers announced Monday that they will cut wages for full-time employees by 20%, by Marc Stein of New york times. However, the ownership group decided to change course after public pressure, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
The rest of the NHL teams will try to stay afloat with great uncertainty as to when the league will resume.
COVID-19 was confirmed in more than 372,000 cases worldwide on Tuesday, resulting in more than 16,000 deaths, according to the World Health Organization.