PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Eastern State Penitentiary announced the coronavirus pandemic has forced it to lay off approximately 40% of its staff. It is also canceling its popular haunted fundraiser attraction, Terror Behind The Walls, for 2020.
The prison-turned-educational site in Fairmount blames months of financial losses and uncertainty ahead.
Remaining staff faces salary reductions and there will be a cut in the operating budget.
The penitentiary will offer smaller-scale evening tours this fall.