Miners Will Have to Wait a Few More Weeks to Resume OperationsBy MBN Staff | Thu, 05/14/2020 - 17:11
The mining, automotive and construction industries were ready to resume operations right away. But they will have to wait a few more weeks due to an error in the publication in The Official Gazette of the Federation (DOF), according to news reports. Four agreements were approved yesterday for the progressive lifting of containment measures against COVID-19, among them the incorporation of the mining sector into the list of essential activities, said the General Health Council.
However, the DOF later said that by mistake it published a preliminary version of the General Health Council agreement where "incorrect images were included." Soon after the document was changed saying that the resuming of these activities will not take place until June 1. Hours later the Ministry of Economy said the document published was a draft and the final version would be published on Wednesday afternoon.
Operations will begin after June 1st. They have to prepare fully for this situation. Activities (mining, automotive and construction) are not prepared yet, said Deputy Minister of Health Hugo López-Gatell during the health conference.
Investment in Health
The Mining Chamber of Mexico (CAMIMEX) presented the “Mining Footprint Against COVID-19,” a map that shows the actions taken by mining companies that support the present health emergency. "The map provides information on efforts that are being carried out by more than 23 mining companies in 16 entities across the country that support and accompany communities and collaborators," according to a statement.
Among the most important actions of the mining companies affiliated to CAMIMEX to help in the fight against COVID-19, the following stand out: Minera San Julián started to manufacture masks and First Majestic is delivering food aid to farmers in Ocampo, Coahuila. Meanwhile, Peñasquito is providing inputs to the population around the mine and keeps people informed about the evolution of the pandemic. The Chihuahua Mining Cluster donated MX$200,000 (US$8,380) to the Mexican Red Cross.
Resources that industrial companies will have to spend in order to prevent contagion within their staff are between 5 and 20 percent of their annual investment plans, according to estimates by the National Chamber of the Transformation Industry (CANACINTRA). These resources are meant for the implementation of measures such as sanitation, COVID-19 tests, infrastructure within the facilities and transportation, reported Enoch Castellanos, Head of CANACINTRA.