Burials at the Notre-Dame-des-Neiges cemetery are suspended until further notice after two managers tested positive for COVID-19.
Cemetery workers were sent home yesterday and won’t be called back to work until a protocol for safely operating the cemetery has been devised, Patrick Chartrand, a union official, said Tuesday. Health Canada has been called in to help put the appropriate measures in place, Chartrand said. It’s unclear how long the stoppage will last.
Employees were informed of the infections last week, Chartrand said. They are being paid during the closure.
“People are scared,” Chartrand, a health and safety official at the CSN union, told the Montreal Gazette Tuesday afternoon. “It’s unfortunate. We know that there were burials scheduled. What’s the protocol? This is very stressful, and we want answers.”