Pearl River Resort, owned and operated by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, has confirmed that it will need to furlough some staff as the ongoing COVID-19 crisis continues to impact the business.

The firm said that measures must be taken to ensure the financial stability of the Resort and, after careful consideration, the facility will place most of its associates on temporary unpaid furlough, effective last weekend. A minimum essential workforce will remain on payroll throughout the closure.

“Even in the midst of a world health pandemic that has affected the inability to have full business operations, we are grateful that we were able to pay three pay dates since closing on March 19,” said Sonny Johnson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Pearl River Resort. 

He added: “We are focused on protecting the Tribe and Resort and look forward to the day that the health risk is cleared and our dedicated associates welcome our guests back to the Resort.”

To help during this time, the Resort is providing resources to help associates understand the changes and take advantage of the assistance available under the new CARES Act, which sets out to provide significant financial support for most furloughed associates. The Resort will continue to provide health insurance for the affected workers.