Seneca Resorts & Casinos reschedule entertainment events, furloughs employees

Seneca Resorts & Casinos are encouraging people to stay home through their billboard on I-86 in Great Valley near Exit 21. The Salamanca casino has rescheduled its most recent concerts for later this year and recently furloughed hundreds of employees.

SALAMANCA — The Seneca Resorts & Casinos have announced they are postponing all shows that are scheduled for May, including at the Seneca Allegany Events Center.

The resort and casino in Salamanca suspended operations March 16 after several days of thorough cleaning and adjustments to practice social distancing.

Effective Monday, the casinos began implementing temporary furloughs. Though there is no specific date slated for the furloughs to end and the resorts to reopen, officials reported the Seneca Resorts & Casinos executive leadership team continues to monitor the situation daily.

“Team Members will continue to receive regular updates during this period through the internal communications systems in place including the Human Resource hotline,” a press release from the corporation stated.

The release said Seneca Resorts & Casinos will continue to provide health, dental, disability, vision and life insurance coverage through May 31 to furloughed team members. Employee Assistance Programs also remain in place for all team members who wish to utilize counseling services and other available programs.

“Seneca Resorts & Casinos has continued to monitor this unprecedented situation locally and globally daily,” said Holly Gagnon, President & CEO, Seneca Gaming Corporation. “We have reached the very difficult decision that temporary furloughs are necessary at this time.”

Gagnon said impacted team members were notified first and they will continue to guide them through this process with the casino’s internal human resources hotline.

Since the March closure, across all three properties, Seneca Resorts & Casinos has provided three weeks of PTO to over 3,700 team members to help alleviate the impact to their families during this time, Gagnon said.

“We hope to end this furlough quickly and welcome our team members, our Seneca family, back as soon as possible,” she said. “Until we can all be together again we ask that everyone ‘Stay Home, Stay Healthy, and we will See You Soon.’”

Rock and country musician Aaron Lewis was originally set to perform March 14. The new concert date is June 21.

The country music duo Big & Rich have been rescheduled for Aug. 15 while Matt Fraser, a psychic medium and television star, is rescheduled for Oct. 17.

Both shows are set for 7 p.m. on their respective dates in the Seneca Allegany Event Center.

Seneca Resorts & Casinos entertainment shows have been postponed through May. Shows either have been rescheduled or are in the process of confirming rescheduling dates.

If shows are rescheduled, ticket-holders may keep tickets to be honored for the new show date, or refunds will be available at the point of ticket purchase.