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Bunkhouse capacity decision coming in two weeks for Norfolk farmers


May 27, 2020
By Simcoe Reformer

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Norfolk and Haldimand’s board of health issued an order requiring farmers to cap the number of newly arrived migrant workers under mandatory quarantine to three per bunkhouse, regardless of floor area. With the quarantine lasting two weeks, this has created labour shortages at a time when farmers are usually fully engaged with their operations.

A motion came to the board of health on May 19 asking to modify the order because it is causing financial hardship, threatening food security, and is not enforced elsewhere in Ontario, but it was rejected by the board. It will be revisited at the next meeting in early June. | READ MORE

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