Seneca Gaming Corporation is laying off approximately 300 staff members across its three casinos in Western New York.

It says it had to make the move amid the challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic.

Seneca Gaming released a statement Wednesday night, saying:

“While we are eager to resume full operations as quickly and safely as possible, we must continue to exercise an abundance of caution in providing the safest environment for our employees and guests. Unfortunately, the challenging parameters created by the global pandemic have made it necessary for us to lay off approximately 300 team members from across our operations. We have reached out to each one of the impacted team members and will work with them, wherever possible, to place them in open positions within the corporation. As soon as the situation allows, our goal is to restore and grow our operations with a full and committed team.”