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Fishery workers being asked to follow COVID precautions on Labrador coast

An Inuksuk in Nunatsiavut, Labradori
An Inuksuk in Nunatsiavut, Labradori - Courtesy of

The fishing season has begun again and with harvesters and plant workers being deemed essential there may be some travel to and from the Labrador coast.

The Torngat Fish Co-op, which has processing plants in Makkovik and Nain, sent out a joint release with the Nunatsiavut Government regarding the recommendations they have for workers travelling.

They are asking any workers who have respiratory symptoms, are awaiting test results for COVID-19, or have been advised by Public Health authorities to self-isolate, to not travel to the Inuit communities. Those travelling from with the province to work in a Nunatsiavut community or on a fishing vessel are also being asked to self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days, as well as the standard COVID-19 precautions such as avoiding touching your face and physical distancing.

According to the release, the co-op said they will implement measures that will be on par or exceed industry standards with respect to COVID-19 precautions.

“Torngat Fish Co-op has and will continue to work with our employees, Inuit Community Governments and Nunatsiavut Government for a safe working environment during these unprecedented times,” said Torngat Fish Co-op General Manager Keith Watts in the release. “We will continue to provide information on our measures as the processing season commences.”

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