The list of economic victims of the coronavirus shutdown grew yet further last week, with the sad news that Scotland’s largest theme park had been forced into administration.
M&D’s in Motherwell, which has billed itself as “Scotland’s Theme Park,” released a statement on Thursday saying it had informed its 165 members of staff that they would be made redundant with immediate effect, with the operator saying the virus had served as a nail in its coffin – after years of poor financial performance.
“It has been a challenging few years and we have worked really hard to try to diversity and keep the business afloat,” read the park’s official statement. “Like many leisure businesses, the plans we had for the 2020 season have had to be cancelled due to Covid-19. We explored all options to try and safeguard the business and jobs of our colleagues, many of whom are longstanding, however it is with a heavy heart that we are having to make 165 employees redundant.”
With lockdown providing some of the most convincing extenuating circumstances – the park’s owners have nevertheless come under criticism by their former staff for the timing of the move: with ex-employees highlighting on social media that decision was announced just days before they were expected to be paid.