ORLANDO (CBSMiami/AP) — Over 800 employees at Universal Orlando Resort hotels will be losing their jobs as the state’s theme park industry continues to be devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The employees at Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Portofino Bay Hotel and Cabana Bay Beach Resort were indefinitely furloughed or permanently terminated, according to a notice filed last week by the company Loews Hotels & Co.

A company director said in a letter to the state that the surge of confirmed cases in late June and July and other states’ decisions to order Florida travelers to quarantine had caused a “sudden, dramatic and unexpected reversal in bookings.”

The affected employees were not represented by a union. They work as cooks, chefs, servers, receptionists and housekeepers.

Loews Hotels & Co had already shut down two other Universal Orlando hotels due to the coronavirus’ impact on tourism, The Orlando Sentinel reported.

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