On Monday, April 13, the government of Quebec added mining operations to the list of priority activities and services that are permitted to operate while the province responds to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Mining activities are now starting to resume in a gradual and supervised manner.
Agnico Eagle Mines (AEM) reported it is taking steps to resume its operations in Quebec’s Abitibi region, which includes the LaRonde Complex, the Goldex mine and the Canadian Malartic mine (50% AEM, 50% Yamana Gold), in an orderly fashion while ensuring the safety of employees. At each of these operations, AEM will implement health, hygiene and physical distancing measures that meet or exceed the government’s requirements. The company also said it will communicate with the government of Quebec to ensure ongoing compliance.
Eldorado Gold Corp. restarted operations at Lamaque. The company said it has safety protocols in place to address COVID-19 at all its sites, including Lamaque, such as temperature screening, compliance with additional hygiene measures and task observation to ensure that all work is performed respecting physical distancing, and the use of appropriate personal protective equipment. The company also has isolation procedures in place should an employee fall ill while at work.
“Keeping our people safe is our priority each and every day,” said George Burns, president and CEO, Eldorado Gold. “With the safety measures we have put in place at all our sites, we are confident that we can adapt our business and continue to create long term value for our stakeholders.”