Fruit growers in B.C.’s Okanagan region are worried they won’t have enough space for workers this summer, as rules and regulations around COVID-19 have changed the way camps work.
Like many industries, fruit growers are required to provide living and working quarters with shower facilities, handwashing stations, PPE and daily health checks for their temporary workers.
Adrian Arts, an apple and cherry grower in Summerland, said those additional precautions are important, but they come at a cost. When he’s already lost crops to frost and hailstorms, that additional cost is prohibitive.
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