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After furloughing 95% of workers, Busch Gardens' parent company seeks fed loan

SeaWorld Entertainment operates a dozen SeaWorld, Busch Gardens and Sesame Place parks across the U.S.

ORLANDO, Fla. — SeaWorld Entertainment is seeking a loan from a federal program meant to help businesses retain workers during pandemic-related shutdowns. 

But a labor group said this week that the theme park company is undeserving because it furloughed 95% of its employees. 

SeaWorld operates a dozen SeaWorld, Busch Gardens and Sesame Place parks across the U.S., including Busch Gardens Williamsburg.

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The company said late last month that it was actively trying to get assistance from the Federal Reserve’s Main Street Lending Program. 

The program offers four-year loans of between $1 million and $25 million to medium-sized businesses. Principal and interest payments are deferred for a year.

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