Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Lays Off More Than 100 Employees

Following extended closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 100 workers at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk were laid off. 

“After many months of providing wages and or health insurance for employees during the unprecedented closure of most of our operations, we’ve made the difficult decision to permanently lay off 106 full-time employees,” said Kris Reyes with the Santa Cruz Seaside Company, which owns the Boardwalk. 

The Boardwalk is open with some food and retail establishments operating under local health department guidelines, but rides and attractions such as miniature golf and the arcade remain closed, Reyes said. 

A San Jose resident told KCBS Radio he was disappointed. 

“I don’t see why they can’t do it controlled, on the rides, if you can do it on busses and everywhere else,” he said. 

The Boardwalk plans to continue operating under current conditions into the fall.  

Its Free Friday Night Bands on the Beach concert series and its Free Wednesday Night Movies on the Beach series have been canceled for the summer.