In a statement, the company said that the safety of staff, their families, customers and partners are of paramount importance to it and Minto Explorations in these uncertain times.
Accordingly, all non-essential travel to site for employees, contractors, visitors or vendors has been postponed or cancelled, while at the mine the practice of social distancing has been adopted, given its impact on stopping and slowing the spread of the virus.
Enhanced cleaning schedules have also been implemented, which will ensure regular cleaning and sanitising of communal areas and of specific items which are commonly handled.
A response team with key Minto leadership has been implemented and convenes daily to assess new government recommendations, determine next steps, if any, and provide employees and local partners with updates.
In addition, Minto continues to hold daily briefings with their medical directors, neighbouring mines and partners to assess the current global health situation and the rapidly evolving circumstances surrounding the spread of the coronavirus.
The London office of the company has been closed in accordance with UK government recommendations and all staff are working remotely from their homes.
“The current extremely difficult and challenging times for all mean that we must carry out our duty to reduce the risk of any of our staff being infected with the virus or putting other people at risk,” said Gati Al-Jebouri, chief executive of Pembridge.
“We will continue to monitor the situation and adhere to all government recommendations and instructions. In due course more detailed information shall be provided including the first quarter operations update.”