TravelCenters of America Inc. earlier this week announced it was laying off more than 3,000 employees, most of them from the company’s full-service restaurants.
The company Friday, April 17, said it had “made the difficult decision to furlough approximately 2,900 field employees, as well as approximately 122 corporate employees. All furloughed employees currently enrolled in TA’s benefits programs will continue to be eligible for health care coverage based on their plan. Impacted employees are eligible to apply for enhanced unemployment benefits under the CARES Act.”
It said the COVID-19 coronavirus has caused many state and local governments to close or limit non-essential services, including full-service restaurants. In addition, broader stay-at-home orders and an overall decrease in consumer demand has significantly and adversely affected TA’s full-service restaurant business, according to the company.”
It added that all TA, Petro Stopping Centers, and TA Express travel centers remain open, providing fuel, showers, restrooms, quick-serve restaurants, and convenience stores. In a statement, it said employees continue to take precautionary measures consistent with recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to minimize the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus.