More than 1800 people employed by the Federal Group will be stood down in the wake of new nation-wide restrictions on non-essential gatherings.
As of midday on Monday, registered and licensed clubs, gyms, indoor sporting venues, cinemas, entertainment venues, casinos, night clubs and places of worship will be closed and restaurants will become takeaway or delivery only.
In a statement to staff, Federal Group managing director and chief executive Greg Farrell said of the 1800 staff, 1500 were in Tasmania.
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"We have no other option than considering standing down almost all of us, and in the case of casuals we will not have shifts," Mr Farrell said.
"Those who continue to work may be redeployed and will face changed work conditions.
"We are moving quickly to provide you with notification shortly."
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Mr Farrell said a number of changes would be made to the group's businesses:
- At Wrest Point gaming, restaurants and bars will close. The hotel will remain open and guests will be able to have room service meals only.
- Country Club will be the same but the golf course will remain open.
- Community-based hotels Waterfront, Derwent Tavern, Claremont, Hotel Tasmania, Valern, the Brooker Inn, Elwick, Newstead, Mackey's, Molly's Furners and Federal Hotel will close.
- Network Gaming will close.
- Odyssey Gaming will close.
- The Henry Jones Art Hotel will close and transfer bookings to MACq 01.
- Saffire will remain open with minimum staffing.
- 9/11 bottleshops will remain open statewide.
- COPE sensitive freight will remain open but is expected to only operate on demand.
In the statement, Mr Farrell told staff he had few answers and there would be ongoing uncertainty.
"I have spoken to the highest office-bearers in Tasmania to say if there has not been person-to-person transfer of COVID-19 in the Tasmanian community in the next four weeks then the hospitality industry should be able to re-open, albeit with the state still locking down access to our borders," he said.
"I have worked here for 30 years. I experienced the pilots dispute, then the global financial crisis, recessions, fires and floods, and this is the worst set of circumstances we have ever confronted as a company and as society since World War II.
"We will come back from this as a community and a company."