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Glenbow Museum lays off dozens of staff

Last Updated Jul 24, 2020 at 7:21 am MDT

The Glenbow Museum in Calgary's downtown core is pictured. (CREDIT: CityNews) photo by Chelsea Harms, 660 NEWS

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – Calgary’s Glenbow Museum is laying off 27 staff due to the pandemic.

In a release, president and CEO Nicholas Bell says they’re deeply saddened to announce the permanent layoffs.

“It is disheartening,” he said. “Many of these colleagues are long-term employees at Glenbow, and the loss of their skills and institutional knowledge is a tremendous blow. These staff members are passionate, hardworking and dedicated. They have made enormous contributions to Glenbow’s success over the years, and we are so very sorry to lose them.”

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Most staff were first laid off temporarily on March 24 due to the initial impact of COVID-19, according to the release. They received benefits and had access to the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB).

Now, these permanently laid off staff will receive severance packages according to tenure.

Bell says they are undergoing a major restructuring of their operations as they reopen to the public this summer.