Three of the six positive cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba since Friday have come from the trucking industry, raising concerns about that sector’s ability to stay safe from the novel coronavirus.
The head of the Manitoba Trucking Association (MTA), however, says given truckers’ travel-filled schedules, it’s inevitable that some cases will pop up.
Terry Shaw told 680 CJOB that he’s seeing continued discrimination against truckers, who he said are being blamed for bringing the virus into the province — to the point of being told truckers have been kicked out of some businesses — and he thinks it’s unacceptable.
“I don’t condone, but I understand those concerns early on when COVID was a little less understood,” said Shaw.
“Everybody has dealt with this for, well, long enough. They understand the protocols are in place.
“The overarching protocols for (truckers) are no different than from anyone else — wash your hands, social distance, physical distance… stay home if you’re sick.”