Northern Pen : 2020-03-25

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2 WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25, 2020 THE NORTHERN PEN • SALTWIRE.COM Our mandate: To provoke thought and action for the betterment of our community. SOCIETY FROM PAGE 1 FREIGHT Meantime, Oceanex, like many other companies, has introduced its own COVID19 precaution protocols. That includes restrictin­g employee travel, limiting face-to-face interactio­n with the public, customers and vendors, restrictin­g crews from going ashore and other visitors onboard vessels, as well as stepping up sanitation and implementi­ng a workfrom-home policy for those employees who can do it. A recent hire form B.C. was asked to self-quarantine for 14 days. “We’re doing everything we can,” Hynes said. His advice to everyone: follow the health authoritie­s’ instructio­ns and things will get back to normal eventually. “Take it seriously,” he said. Check out our new Convenient Online applicatio­n 2017 Honda Ridgeline Touring 2016 Honda Civic Touring 2014 Ford EDGE Limited TRUCKER CONCERNED Meanwhile, distributi­on of food is working fine, according to trucker Stan Reid, who picks up freight shipped via Marine Atlantic from Atlantic Canada and brings it east. “I don’t see any concern for the food chain in Newfoundla­nd and Labrador,” he said. However, Reid is concerned about implicatio­ns for truckers of the limited hours and other restrictio­ns for restaurant­s that are either happening or on the way. He said truckers need places to stop and get a bite to eat and use a clean washroom, as there aren’t any public rest stops. Outside of a few dedicated private truck stops, many places don’t have the space to allow social distancing. So Reid hopes the government won’t forget about truckers when it comes to any new regulation­s or shutdowns, as they provide essential services. While drive-thrus are one thing, they don’t always provide healthy food, he said. “Not everyone has a fridge or a microwave in their truck,” Reid said. “Food places that are reasonable to eat at cost-wise are closing down.” 66,613 km 106,035 km 95,749 KM Stock: T19720A Stock: V20047A Stock: P19565AA $33,989 $16,898 $16,899 32,989 $15,898 $14,990 $ 2016 Honda CR-V SE 2013 Honda Civic LX 2012 Honda Civic LX 53,091 km 72,101 km 99,922 KM Stock: V20057L Stock: H20141A Stock: V19697LA $24,444 $11,163 $10,291 22,997 $10,163 9,291 $ $ FOOD ESSENTIAL At the daily COVID-19 media briefing Wednesday, Premier Dwight Ball said the food chain is intact in the province. He also noted major food distribute­rs have given him assurances about the food supply. Ball also noted the “robust” sales in local stores, a nod to the panic buying of the past week or so. “Most cupboards in Newfoundla­nd and Labrador are full,” he said. Ball said the subject of food imports — as most produce comes through the U.S. this time of year — came up during talks with the other premiers and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about the U.S.-Canada border closures, and there were assurances that the food supply, among other essential items, such as health supplies, would continue. Grocery stores continued to have a run on supplies Wednesday, however, with certain items, like toilet paper, continuing to be snapped up. For instance, Dominion on Blackmarsh Road in St. John’s had not a single bag of French fries mid afternoon. The frozen vegetable coolers were empty, as were the chicken shelves. Soup, pasta sauce, milk and other items were being limited as to how many each customer could buy. The Dairy Farmers of Newfoundla­nd and Labrador issued a statemnt saying the local dairy industry is taking increased bio-security measures to protect consumers and ensure a safe and reliable supply of fluid milk. Vice-chairman Crosbie Williams said there has been no negative effect on the production of local milk, and local farmers are producing enough fresh milk to supply the province. PRESENT THIS COUPON WHEN PURCHASING YOUR NEXT VEHICLE AND RECEIVE A $200 GAS CARD On any in stock used Units only. Must be presented at time of Purchase. Expires June 1/20. 2016 Honda CR-V EX-L 2015 Honda Civic EX 2018 Jeep WRANGLER Sahara unlimited 148,138 KM 63,905 KM 17,256 KM Stock: V20056A Stock: C20036L Stock: W135205 $17,649 $14,998 $42,995 $14,877 $13,889 $41,995 Ask About Genuine Honda Accessorie­s atlanticho­ Heather Bennett Bram Pike Doug Baker Ken Ford Paul George Chris Compagnion Used Car Sales Manager Dave Levita General Manager Cory Targett Robert Crewe Chris Grant Sales Manager Product Specialist Product Specialist Product Specialist Product Specialist Product Specialist Product Specialist Product Specialist 41-43 Confederat­ion Dr, CORNER BROOK • 634-8881 • www.fairwayhon­ barbara.sweet@thetelegra­ @BarbSweetT­weet 7912096

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