The Montreal Canadiens have temporarily laid off 60% of their employees effective March 30, the team announced, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This decision was necessary given the significant impact the pandemic has had on the sports and entertainment industries,” the Canadiens said in a media release.

Groupe CH has established a $6 million assistance fund, in an “effort to reduce the impact of this decision on the employees.” The fund will help enhance Employment Insurance (EI) benefits for a period of eight weeks, the team says, ensuring all employees will receive 80% of their base salary during that time.