The City of Loveland will furlough or lay off 280 employees in order to cope with budgetary challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to a press release from the city, all of the affected employees are in temporary, seasonal, and non-benefited roles.

City Manager Steve Adams noted that the employees, mostly in Recreation, Golf, Cultural Services, the Loveland Public Library, and the Visitors Center, had already not been working due to facility closures.

"Our employees are the lifeblood of our organization and we anticipate this step is one of the many challenging decisions we will be forced to make in the coming months," Adams said in a message to the City organization on Friday (April 17). "While we do not know if and when we will be able to bring all of the impacted employees back, we will keep you informed as we continue to reassess our circumstances."

He also revealed that Loveland's General Fund could lose up to $6 million in revenue by the second quarter of 2020, and that officials are creating a COVID-19 Fiscal Contingency Plan.

After the reductions, the City of Loveland will have 859 employees, with 101 of them in temporary and non-benefited positions.

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