• By The Financial District


Cal Expo has announced it is laying off about half of its employees as California continues to grapple with the devastating effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

The layoff announcement comes as Cal Expo has seen a series of setbacks, including the cancellation of the California State Fair, according to KCRA 3 News.

Cal Expo, which is a non-funded state agency, relies on the revenues it generates from the large events like the fair.


"Due to COVID-19, the event industry, including Cal Expo has been decimated," Cal Expo said in an update to employees obtained by KCRA 3. "Unfortunately, we do not know when events will return, or what events will look like when they do return."

Amid the pandemic, Gov. Gavin Newsom authorized fairs across the state to downsize their operations. Cal Expo said that CalHR has formally approved Cal Expo's layoff plan.

More than half of Cal Expo's employees were notified of layoffs, according to a Cal Expo spokesperson who said she couldn't provide a specific number because of CalHR guidelines.