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The Executive Director of Gathering Place Tony Moore announced furloughs due to the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic today.

Moore says that during the ‘Shelter in Place’ order, Gathering Place paid their employees without any interruptions, however, they are unable to do so any longer.

According to a press release, Gathering Place has temporarily suspended all of their large public events and cultural festivals.

Therefore, most of the Gathering Place’s programming and entertainment staff has been furloughed, along with some support staff. Moore adds that 90% of their part-time employees have been furloughed as well as the majority of the “Vista at The Boathouse” restaurant staff, due to its temporary closing.

Gathering Place says that all employees that are impacted by these furloughs will receive two additional paychecks, access to unemployment filing agency assistance and access to the Gathering Place’s Employee Assistance Programs.

Also, all impacted employees will retain their benefits for the entire period of the furloughs or until the end of the month.

Moore ended by saying, “We are devastated by the unprecedented impact of this global pandemic, but we are optimistically hopeful that soon there will be a time when our furloughed employees will return to work and we will be able to resume our normal business of social gathering and bringing Tulsans together.”