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Avino Silver & Gold announces reopening of Mexican mine

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(Kitco News) - Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd. (TSX: ASM, NYSE American: ASM) is beginning a phased restart of operations at its Avino Mine near Durango, Mexico, the company announced Monday.

Officials said it will take about two weeks to get back to production levels prior to March 31, when the Mexican government announced a shutdown of many businesses in the country to combat the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The government allowed mining to resume on Monday in municipalities with low or no known cases of COVID-19, Avino said. The company said it received the OK from the Secretariat of Health to resume mining activities as of Monday.

“I am very appreciative of the way our team in Mexico handled the difficult challenges faced during the last few months due to the global pandemic,” said David Wolfin, president and chief executive officer of Avino.

The company said it is establishing safe transportation for mine workers, as well as other safety precautions, including onsite daily monitoring by medical doctors, mandatory personal protective equipment, and infection prevention and control training.

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