A Consolidated Tin Mines move to stand down staff is a temporary measure, with operations likely to begin to come back online as soon as next week, says managing director Ralph De Lacey.
The company made an announcement to ASX last night that it had placed its Mount Garnet and Surveyor operations in care and maintenance, citing public health concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Far North Queensland base metal operations employ about 170 people from Queensland and interstate.
About 120 of those workers were advised they would be stood down without pay as at the close of business on Tuesday, leaving a crew for care and maintenance responsibilities.
Mr De Lacey stressed the move was not long-term, with the decision taken on Monday amid news of plans for tougher COVID-19 restrictions including the closing of State borders.
He said the company especially held concerns about what this would mean for interstate employees and their families, however there was increasing clarity as time progressed over how such restrictions would affect mine workers.
It was the company’s intention to return its full workforce over time, Mr De Lacey said.
In the meantime it is fine-tuning workplace protocols to deal with COVID-19 preventative measures in an underground mining environment.