Coronavirus restrictions cited for shorter operating schedule
Jan. 26, 2021Updated: Jan. 26, 2021 12:06 p.m.
A view of a suite at The Landing Hotel at the Rivers Casino and Resort on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, in Schenectady, N.Y. The hotel has announced shorter hours of operation during the pandemic. (Paul Buckowski / Times Union)
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SCHENECTADY — The Landing Hotel at Rivers Casino in Schenectady will be closed Mondays through Thursdays beginning Feb. 1 until further notice, hotel management said Tuesday.
The hotel is adjacent to Rivers Casino, which has been operating with capacity limited to 25 percent of normal and with a 10 p.m. closing time. The hotel will resume 24-7 operation when coronavirus restrictions are lifted. The casino currently opens at 6 a.m. daily.
Spokesman Al Roney said the shortened hours would lead to the temporary furlough of five employees.
Hotels and restaurants have been hard hit by the pandemic, with heavy job losses as a result. On Tuesday, the operator of the Vernon Downs Casino Hotel filed an amended Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notice that update furloughs at that hotel that noted 56 workers who had been furloughed April 1, 2020, “may be separated on 3/11/2021, if mandates do not allow operations to resume normal Operating Hours and Venues.”
The Landing has offered a number of packages to law enforcement officers and firefighters, as well as special deals at the casino’s restaurants, in an effort to attract customers.
The 165-room hotel is on the Mohawk River waterfront and was built as part of the casino complex at Mohawk Harbor.
Eric Anderson is the editor of the Times Union’s business section. He also covers biotech, transportation, retail, Albany International Airport and the Port of Albany. Eric also writes the Traveling Man column for the Times Union’s Upstate magazine. You can reach him at [email protected]