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Jan 5, 2021

COVID-19 Pandemic Affecting B.S.I. Factory

Mac McLachlan

The country has recorded ten thousand, nine hundred and thirty-eight cases of COVID-19.  With more than ten thousand recovered patients, five hundred and eighty-seven remain active.  The Corozal and Orange Walk districts continue to record the most number of new cases daily.  This led to the Ministry of Health and Wellness restricting travel to and from the northern districts. The increasing numbers have affected several businesses and industries, including the sugar industry. Several persons have tested positive for the virus at B.S.I.  The company says that it has acted decisively and quickly to conduct a risk assessment and contact tracing for all other employees possibly exposed to these individuals.  Vice President of International Relation Mac McLachlan explains how the pandemic has affected operations at the factory. 

 

Mac McLachlan, VP, International Relations, A.S.R./B.S.I

“The key impact that we’ve had from COVID it’s really been the number of employees who have been quarantine because they have been exposed one way or another to people who may or may not have COVID. But in general we have adopted some very robust safety measures at the mill and we have also provided support for farmers and for cutters as well to make the industry as safe as it can be. We follow a lot of the guidelines we use at facilities in other countries as well. We are basically managing as best as we can as everybody else is under the circumstances. But it has not interrupted any of our operations. We believe that with the measures we have in place we are offering the best safety we can. Obviously the sugar industry is listed as an essential industry providing food security for Belize and that obviously considerable employed in the north of the country. We are managing all those issues. We are looking forward to the end of this terrible thing and getting back to normal.”


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