Wednesday, September 16, 2020

AAFC Research Facilities Update

The health and safety of AAFC’s employees continues to be a priority. AAFC mentioned that challenging weather (e.g., killing frosts in some parts of the country) has impacted activities. They have started reopening some facilities including the main laboratory complexes at various locations and AAFC has had further re-opening of facilities every week for approximately the last month. It was noted that laboratory environments are different from field environments, making restarting the laboratories more complex. A lot of precautions need to be taken in order to have safe activities across all locations. 15 of the 20 AAFC research locations have either re-opened or will be re-opening in the next few days.There are only 5 facilities left to be re-opened with 2 facilities having their re-opening plans considered on September 10, 2020, followed by the others shortly after that. A gradual reopening of facilities will continue and more activities will be added every week. All labs will be opened to some extent by the end of the month.