Great Panther has been closely monitoring the effects of the spread of the coronavirus respiratory disease (“COVID-19”), focusing on the jurisdictions in which the Company operates and its head office location in Canada. During this period of uncertainty, Great Panther’s priority is to safeguard the health and safety of personnel and host communities, support and enforce government actions to slow the spread of COVID-19 and assess and mitigate the risks to our business continuity. For a discussion of the impacts of COVID-19 on the Company’s operations and the risks and uncertainties associated with COVID-19, see the Company’s most recently filed Management’s Discussion and Analysis available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com or on the Company’s website at www.greatpanther.com under the heading “Investors”.
Operating Safely and Responsibly – We Are Stronger Together
Great Panther has developed and implemented robust COVID-19 prevention, monitoring, and response plans following the guidelines of the World Health Organization and the regulatory agencies of Canada, Brazil, Mexico, and Peru to ensure a safe work environment at its offices and sites.
These plans include mandatory medical screening and testing on arrival at site, requirements to report infection or contact with those infected, restrictions on international travel and any non-essential domestic travel, alternative work arrangements, hygiene precautions and physical distancing practices, among others. Specific areas have been prepared for the isolation, testing and care of employees. Increased cleaning and sanitizing procedures have been introduced, especially in frequently visited areas. Training campaigns to educate all employees and contractors, their families and local communities on preventive measures and hygiene best practices continue regularly.
Working with Communities during COVID-19
The Company has been in dialogue with the relevant government authorities, including communication regarding the enhanced safety protocols implemented to prevent the spread of COVID-19 cases at our operations and surrounding communities. Although each one of our host communities is facing different challenges, COVID-19 community response continues as the priority of our social performance teams. All sites have adapted and leveraged social investment plans and community development programs to respond to specific community needs and concerns.