OceanaGold’s US gold mine to continue operating despite state shutdown

The Haile Gold Mine in the US state of South Carolina will continue to operate despite notice of a two-week state government shutdown for all non-essential businesses, OceanaGold has announced.

The international gold miner noted that under state guidelines, the status of the Haile mine remains unchanged and operations would not be impacted by the state government directive.

For the past three weeks, the Haile operation has only permitted entry to essential employees and contractors, while all administrative staff have been working from home where possible to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus).

In addition, all employees and contractors entering the site undergo a health screening process and each shift has been split into smaller groups of less than three, with physical distancing implemented.

Last month, the ASX and TSX-listed company temporarily suspended operations at its Waihi gold mine on the North Island of New Zealand, after the country entered a four-week mandated lockdown.

“We will continue monitoring the health and safety situation across the business and will move swiftly to continue protecting the health and wellbeing of our workers and supporting them through these challenging times,” said acting president and CEO Michael Holmes