Royal Staffers Face Layoffs as Palaces Lose Millions in Tourism Income amid Coronavirus

The annual summer opening of Buckingham Palace was canceled earlier this year, and around 400 temporary staffers were laid off as they wouldn't be needed to help with the tours. But the Royal Collection Trust is hoping to reopen some of the residences and galleries to the public in late July.

"We believe that, for the foreseeable future, lower visitor numbers can be accommodated within a five-day-week opening at all sites, with Tuesday and Wednesday as our closed days, but we will keep this arrangement under review," the spokesperson says.

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In order to continue to operate in the future, they will have to do so with a "lower cost base to recover our financial position. Inevitably this must include a reduction in staff costs, which is our greatest single expense," the statement adds.

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