Great Panther Mining Limited (TSX:GPR) (NYSEAMERICAN:GPL) has issued an update on its coronavirus response as well as the planned restart of its Mexican operations.
The gold and silver explorer said it intends to restart its operations in Mexico this month in accordance with the lifting of restrictions that have suspended mining in the country since the start of April.
The firm added that the restart of operations in Mexico will follow a phased approach based on health guidelines and government regulations in each jurisdiction, with appropriate protocols in place to protect the health and safety of the company's workforce and communities.
Great Panther also said its Tucano gold mine in Brazil is continuing to operate at full capacity with strict coronavirus protocols in place, and that it has currently not been subject to any government-imposed restrictions in response to the outbreak.
At the Tucano project, Great Panther said three employees and one contractor have been diagnosed with coronavirus, and as a precautionary measure, 62 employees have been placed on a 10-day leave and six employees have been placed in quarantine. Additionally, 28 individuals deemed high-risk due to age or pre-existing medical conditions, are now working remotely or on leave.
At the Guanajuato Mine Complex in Mexico, one employee has been diagnosed with coronavirus, however, the employee was working remotely at the time of the diagnosis.
The group’s Topia Mine, also in Mexico, has not experienced any coronavirus cases and the company is planning to commence start-up activities on May 18.
Meanwhile, the company’s Coricancha Mine in Peru remains on care and maintenance with the federal government state of emergency and quarantine measures still in effect until May 24, however, Great Panther said it is not material to its operations.
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