Compass Group, the food service vendor at Northwestern University, says it sent layoff notices today to about 230 of its employees who work at the school.

The workers have been on temporary layoff since March, when the university shut on-campus classes because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jennifer Byrdsong, vice president for the Compass operations at Northwestern, said in a news release that the workers will retain health benefits until Sept. 20 or as determined by their collective bargaining agreements.

Byrdsong said the permanent layoffs became necessary after the university determined that its plans for fall quarter will lead to reduced traffic at the school’s food service locations.

“Unfortunately there will not be enough demand to support past levels of staffing,” Byrdsong added.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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