Canadian Manufacturing

Cargill beef plant to reopen next week after COVID-19 outbreak forced closure

Cargill says its High River facility will restart with one shift and that additional safety measures will be taken

April 29, 2020  The Canadian Press

CALGARY — Workers are to return April 29 to a beef processing plant south of Calgary that was closed for two weeks because of a COVID-19 outbreak.

Cargill says its High River facility will restart with one shift and that additional safety measures will be taken.

Those measures include limiting access to the plant to no more than two people per car, with one sitting in the front and one in the back.

Buses with protective barriers are also being provided to reduce the need for carpooling to work.

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The company also says barriers have been added in bathrooms and lockers have been reassigned to allow for enough spacing.

As of April 28, there were 759 cases of COVID-19 at the plant and one worker has died.

“We look forward to welcoming our employees back and are focused on our ongoing commitment to safety,” Jon Nash, Cargill Protein’s North America leader, said in a statement.

“We know being an essential worker is challenging and we thank our team for working so hard to deliver food for local families, access to markets for ranchers and products for our customers’ shelves.”