Workers at GTA’s Canada Post plant threw an on-site party weeks before the COVID-19 outbreak forced a partial shutdown
Workers at a major Canada Post sorting plant in Mississauga threw a retirement party for a coworker last month, just weeks before the plant was partially closed due to a COVID-19 outbreak.
In a press conference on Wednesday, angry Mississauga mayor Bonnie Crombie blasted the April 9 party at Canada Post’s Gateway West plant, as the third wave of the pandemic swept through Peel Region.
“It’s incredibly irresponsible behavior and I’m very disappointed,” Crombie said. “It’s shocking.”
“I am extremely disappointed with the workers at Canada Post,” she added.
When asked if there was a link between the party and the outbreak that followed, a spokesperson for Peel Public Health said investigators were investigating the rally, along with Canada Post.
Many of the people attending the party in the factory did not appear to have social distancing, and some did not wear masks, from photographs published by Global News, who first signaled the holiday.
Canada Post spokesman Phil Legault called the party an “unfortunate and isolated incident”.
“We take this issue seriously and have spoken directly to those involved. We also reminded all employees of the establishment of the importance of following the safety rules, ”said Legault in an email press release.
“We have worked closely with Peel Public Health, our unions and our employees to ensure that we consistently follow all necessary safety measures in the facility,” he added.
On April 27, Peel Public Health ordered the closure of the afternoon shift at the Toronto Currency Exchange at the Gateway West facility after 12 employees tested positive for COVID-19 the previous week.
In January, several hundred workers at the neighboring Canada Post facility, Gateway East, tested positive for COVID-19.