ROAD TOWN, British Virgin Islands, April 28, 2020 — Aura Minerals Inc. (TSX: ORA) (“Aura” or the “Company”) today provided a further update regarding the interruption of operations at its San Andres Mine in Honduras in response to COVID-19 which Aura first announced on March 29, 2020 and provided an update on April 20, 2020.
On March 26, 2020, the Honduran government issued a new official communication in which the government extended its previously-issued decree (the “Government Orders”) requiring Aura to operate with a minimal work force for general maintenance no greater than 50 people until May 3, 2020. Minerales de Occidente, S.A. de C.V., the Company’s subsidiary which owns the surface and mineral rights of the San Andres Mine, initially obtained authorization to continue leaching activities, but has since suspended such activities in response to the initial extension of the Government Orders.
According to the latest update to the Government Order, the Honduran government is monitoring and imposing different restrictions based on the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic in each region of the country and has started permitting essential activities and circulation at safe areas to recommence. The Copán region, where the San Andres mine is located, is currently implementing a series of actions and protocols aimed to allow it to restart economic activities in the near future.
This press release contains “forward-looking information” and “forward-looking statements”, as defined in applicable securities laws (collectively, “forward-looking statements”) which include, but are not limited to, the duration or extent of the restrictions and suspensions resulting from the Government Orders with respect to our Honduran operations, and the effect that any such restrictions or suspensions may have on our operations and our financial and operational results; the ability of the Company to successfully maintain our Honduran operations, or to restart these operations efficiently or economically, or at all; and the impact of COVID-19 on our workforce, suppliers and other essential resources and what effect those impacts, if they occur, would have on our business.
Known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which are beyond the Company’s ability to predict or control, including any changes to the conditions and limitations imposed by the Government Orders and the duration of such conditions or limitations, could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements. Specific reference is made to the most recent Annual Information Form on file with certain Canadian provincial securities regulatory authorities for a discussion of some of the factors underlying forward-looking statements.
All forward-looking statements herein are qualified by this cautionary statement. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to update publicly or otherwise revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information or future events or otherwise, except as may be required by law. If the Company does update one or more forward-looking statements, no inference should be drawn that it will make additional updates with respect to those or other forward-looking statements.
About Aura 360° Mining
Aura is focused on mining in complete terms – thinking holistically about how its business impacts and benefits every one of our stakeholders: our company, our shareholders, our employees, and the countries and communities we serve. We name it 360° Mining.
Aura is a mid-tier gold and copper production company focused on the development and operation of gold and base metal projects in the Americas. The Company’s producing assets include the San Andres gold mine in Honduras, the Ernesto/Pau-a -Pique gold mine in Brazil, the Aranzazu copper-gold-silver mine in Mexico and one pre-operational gold mine in the United States, Gold Road. In addition, the Company has two additional gold projects in Brazil, Almas and Matupá, and one gold project in Colombia, Tolda Fria.
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