Quebec govt spares mining industry from new restrictions – Creamer Media’s Mining Weekly
The Quebec Mining Association (QMA) has welcomed the announcement of the continuation of mining operations, despite the total containment decreed by the provincial government late on January 6.
The association says this exemption for the industry is the result of robust measures that the mining industry has deployed to limit the spread of Covid-19 on mining sites.
Quebec has announced new Covid-related restrictions that include a night-time curfew the closure of some workplaces that are non-essential, to clamp down on the second wave of the pemic being experienced in Canada.
Quebec reported 2 641 new Covid-19 cases on January 6, which has been the average daily new case rate since December 25. The new measures will be effective until February 8.
The QMA highlights that, as occupational health safety has always been a core part of mining operations, companies have been monitoring operations procedures to limit the spread of the virus. Some companies also have their own laboratories to conduct screening tests.
“Nothing has been left to chance in the mining industry , by allowing the mines to continue production, the government recognises that the actions taken by the industry have paid off, as evidenced by the small number of cases on mining work teams,” the association says.
The QMA adds that the mining industry has always endeavoured to ensure the socioeconomic prosperity of Quebec other regions, which is why the government identified it as one of the key sectors for economic recovery.
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