The situation we are facing with COVID-19 has quickly altered our reality and has had very real implications for all Canadians. The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission is no exception.
I want to assure you, that our focus is on the heath and safety of our staff and our families while ensuring we have the ability to carry out our mandate to safeguard the public and the environment.
The CNSC has a business continuity plan to make certain that our strong and effective regulatory oversight is not impacted. At the same time, we are still doing our part by heeding guidance from medical officials to protect staff and help reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
That is why, as of March 16, 2020, I directed CNSC staff to stay home. Critical staff, including those onsite at nuclear power plants, continue to work to oversee the safety of the nuclear industry in Canada. Times like these bring out the best in people, and I want to thank those staff working so diligently to ensure we are able to continue carrying out our mandate.
I encourage you to take care of yourself and your loved ones. Exercise social distancing, maintain good hygiene and practise self-care. We will get through this together. Thank you.