Poley ski resort lays off 200 seasonal workers

Poley Ski Resort in Sussex laid off 200 seasonal workers after the Saint John area went red this week.

The Poley ski resort is in Sussex, the region of which has switched to a red phase.

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The Poley ski resort is in Sussex, the region of which has switched to a red phase.

«In the red phase, it is not possible for the ski resort to open,Sussex Mayor Marc Thorne said on Friday.

The layoffs are supposed to be temporary, however, says the mayor.

The mayor, however, is optimistic that the ski resort will be able to reopen in a week if the number of COVID-19 cases in zone 2, the Saint-Jean region, continues to decline.

Three infections were reported in that region on Thursday, for a total of 55 active cases.

The Poley resort announced on its Facebook page on Tuesday that ski slopes would be closed until the restrictions were lifted.

Poley hires about 200 employees each winter to make snow, maintain slopes, work in the kitchens and in the gift shop. These workers live in the Waterford and Sussex areas.

Normally, the resort would attract skiers from across the province. The pandemic therefore has “huge consequences».

«They need to sell these tickets,He said.

Only the Sugarloaf station remains open

New Brunswick has four ski resorts. Three of them are closed.

Crabbe station, about 50 kilometers from Fredericton, also announced its closure this week. No layoffs have yet been announced, but some employees have expressed concern.

The Mont Farlagne station, about ten kilometers from Edmundston, announced its closure on Wednesday. The station should remain closed until zone 4 returns to the orange phase.

Only Sugarloaf Ski Resort in Campbellton remains open. This region, zone 5, is still in the orange phase.

With information from Elizabeth Fraser, CBC

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