Nunavik co-ops remain open and well-stocked, says federation
Supply chain hasn’t been disrupted by coronavirus pandemic
“We estimate that the 14 cooperatives have enough provisions to last one to two months and this, without counting the stocks of dried goods delivered on the last maritime transport, which are enough to last until July 2020,” states a news release by Ilagiisaq–Fédération des coopératives du Nouveau-Québec, on Friday, March 20.
Mary Johannes, Ilagiisaq’s president, said it isn’t necessary to rush out and stock up on groceries for fear of shelves going bare. In the south, she said the federation is working hard to keep its warehouses stocked and coordinate shipments.
She added that recent restrictions made by the airlines as a result of the threat of the virus have not affected Ilagiisaq’s ability to keep its stores stocked.
“We are conscious that we offer an essential service and we are doing what is necessary to ensure that Nunavimmiut are not lacking in anything,” she said.
She added that fuel stores are also healthy and the supply chain has not changed.
As well, Johannes said the co-operatives have, for now, stopped disabling Co-op Cable TV accounts with outstanding invoices, in order to allow Nunavimmiut to stay informed.
While there remain no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Nunavik, the co-ops are taking steps to mitigate the health risk to staff and the public.
Local co-ops are reinforcing hygiene and cleanliness, and customers are asked to come to the store in limited numbers—one or two people, rather than the whole family. As well, anyone presenting symptoms, such as a cough or fever, is asked to remain at home.
To reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus, non-essential travel within Nunavik has been suspended for federation employees. Those who offer essential services, like mechanical support, will still be able to travel.
“Our priority is the health of our members, our clients and our employees,” Johannes said. “Our cooperatives have been very proactive on this front.”