CUPE Newfoundland and Labrador says the provincial government has acted too slowly to stop the spread of COVID-19 since the latest major outbreak, and must pick up the pace before more damage is done.

“This isn’t the time for dragging our feet,” said CUPE NL President Sherry Hillier. “The government needs to act now to contain the spread of this outbreak, and to ensure vulnerable populations are protected. There is no excuse for half measures.”

CUPE is calling on the government to do more to lock down long-term care centres and other facilities that serve susceptible populations, and says the government must prepare to go further if the outbreak extends into schools.

“Newfoundlanders and Labradorians have done an incredible job keeping our communities safe over the past year. We can’t let all that hard work and sacrifice go to waste now.”