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Santa Maria furloughs nearly 100 employees

Posted at 4:36 PM, Mar 31, 2020

The City of Santa Maria is furloughing dozens of workers as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and stay-at-home orders.

"At this time, 93 people - who worked from four hours to 19 hours per week - have been informed there is no work for them and have been instructed to file for unemployment," said Public Information Manager Mark van de Kamp.

Sixty-eight of the affected employees worked for the Recreation and Parks Department, 22 worked at the Public Library, two worked for the Community Development Department, and one worked in the City Manager's office.

According to the city, many of these hourly employees were not working currently or were working only limited hours because of the renovation of the Paul Nelson Aquatic Center pool.

The city has also imposed a hiring freeze at this time.