COVID-19 forces more layoffs at downtown OKC hotel but it won’t be shut down


COVID-19 and its impact on the travel and lodging industry are forcing the Sheraton hotel in downtown Oklahoma City to lay off 71 workers in late October. However, the hotel will remain open for business.

In a letter to the Oklahoma Office of Workforce Development, Laura Warner, SVP of Human Resources at Crescent Hotels and Resorts LLC said the workers will be furloughed and some will be permanently laid off as of Oct. 25.

The hotel had earlier made some temporary furloughs in mid-March.

“But due to continued state government closures, and the changing effects of the pandemic upon our business, we have had to reassess our initial understanding of the circumstances facing the hotel,” wrote Warner. “Unfortunately, we now reasonably anticipate that many of these furloughs will last at least 6 months.”

She said that certain employees now are being permanently laid off.

“However, there are no current plans to close the entire hotel,” she added.

Click below to view Sheraton’s WARN notice.