Nearly 600 employees – mostly students – were laid off at Cal State Long Beach shops this week after the university moved to all online classes for the rest of the semester amid coronavirus concerns, officials said Wednesday.
The 49er Shops, a nonprofit that operates on campus but is independent of Cal State Long Beach, said in a statement it’s closed all of its retail locations after the university suspended face-to-face classes effective March 12.
The 578 full- and part-time employees, including 506 students, were informed Monday of the layoffs, university spokesman Jeff Cook said.
“Although draconian by any standard,” the 49er Shops said in a Wednesday statement, “this was a measured response to allow affected personnel to obtain unemployment since there was no work for the unforeseeable future that will carry us through to the fall semester.”
The 49er Shops include the campus bookstore and restaurants, including the Outpost and Nugget Grill & Pub.
News of the layoffs come one day after university officials confirmed that two students have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
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