A Quebec abattoir that was the home of COVID-19 to reopen Tuesday

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MONTREAL –
A Mauricie slaughterhouse that has been closed for more than two weeks due to a COVID-19 outbreak will reopen on Tuesday.

According to a statement released on Saturday, the Olymel slaughterhouse in Yamamchiche has implemented all of the recommendations made by health officials in the region.

“Olymel has used the 14-day shutdown since March 29 to implement new protocols whose primary objective is to protect the health of its workers and prevent the spread of COVID-19,” they said.

The plant focuses on the slaughter and processing of pork.

At the time of its closure, nine cases of COVID-19 were detected among the staff. In the end, 101 of the nearly 1,000 employees tested positive for the virus.

All plant personnel have been quarantined since the closure. Those who return to work should have no symptoms.

The plant’s production capacity of 28,000 hogs per week will be adjusted upon restart. The company said it wants to gradually return to normal speed depending on the situation.

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