Citing the travel restrictions imposed by the Chinese government on their nationals in a bid to contain the coronavirus outbreak, Imperial Pacific International (CNMI) LLC is reducing work hours for its employees at the Imperial Palace Saipan effective today, Monday.
In response to Saipan Tribune’s inquiry about work hours reduction, IPI said the travel restrictions to contain the virus outbreak in Wuhan, China has impacted the flow of customers into the CNMI and has caused serious hardships to the local tourism industry.
IPI said it has assessed the steps the company must take to sustain its business and has made the difficult decision to temporarily reduce work hours effective today, Monday, until further notice.
IPI said the casino will continue to operate 24 hours, 7 days a week.
The restaurant inside the casino, Chairman M, will open from 12pm to 2pm and from 6pm to 12am daily.
“We thank our employees and their families for their understanding and resilience,” IPI said, adding that they believe at this time that this is the best way to protect the long-term interest of the business and preserve employment opportunities.
IPI did not mention how many work hours will be cut and how many employees are affected.