Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd. (ASM: TSX/NYSE American; FSE: GV6, “Avino” or “the Company”) today announced it is temporarily suspending operations at the Avino Mine in Durango, Mexico until the end of April, 2020 to comply with the Mexican Government’s order that comprises all non-essential businesses including the mining industry, to help fight against COVID-19. The Avino Mine will transition to care and maintenance utilizing a reduced workforce to protect current mining operations, employees and the local communities while production operations are temporarily suspended.
Avino employees and supervisors will implement the temporary closure plan, which forms part of the Company’s larger-established Crisis Management Plan, and will include storing underground and surface equipment, ensuring mine ventilation continues to operate, and that critical pumping activities are maintained. Procedures to protect our employees remain stringent during care and maintenance.
David Wolfin, President and CEO commented, “We are following the orders put forth by the Mexican Government to temporarily suspend operations. Avino understands the seriousness of COVID-19 pandemic and will ensure the safety of our communities, which includes all of our employees. As of today’s date we do not have any cases of COVID-19, which relates to our rigorous health and safety procedures that were implemented weeks ago. Above all, the health and wellness of our employees globally is our top priority.”
Avino employees in the Durango and Vancouver offices have been instructed to work remotely which has been mandated by the health authorities in both countries. The Company is making every effort to keep all staff employed during this difficult time.
Avino remains flexible both financially and operationally to adjust to the changing situation as appropriate and we will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates accordingly. As at December 31, 2019, the Company had almost $10 million in cash, and over $13 million in working capital, and is prepared in the event of an extended closure.
We wish all of our stakeholders, shareholders, local communities and all employees the best of health during this challenging and unprecedented time.
On Behalf of the Board
President & CEO
Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd.
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