However, Canada Post says there is no health risk.
On Friday morning, 25 day-shift mail carriers invoked their right not to enter the Rye Street postal station.
An employee — who asked not to be identified — claims a manager was sent home on Wednesday after allegedly beginning to exhibit signs and symptoms of being sick. The employee says the manager had been back to work for two weeks after returning from an overseas vacation at a “hotspot” for the highly contagious virus.
The employees serve most of the region ranging east of Peterborough in Hastings, west to Lindsay and north of Haliburton. The employee says they have a “social responsibility” to protect the community.
The employee said they requested more information from management.
In a statement to Global News, Canada Post says there is no safety risk at the facility.
“We understand the concerns raised by employees,” the statement reads. “To ensure we are doing everything possible to keep our employees safe, we follow the guidance of the Public Health Agency of Canada.
“In this instance we followed the proper process and have informed our employees this morning that there is no safety risk.”Tweet This
Global News has also reached out to the Canadian Union of Postal Workers for comment.
Upon receiving the new information, some employees returned inside the postal station while others chose to go home.
Canada Post says it will be requesting those employees to return to work.
In a statement, Peterborough Public Health says to date there have been no positive cases of COVID-19 in its jurisdiction, which includes the city, Peterborough County, Curve Lake First Nation and Hiawatha First Nation.
The health unit says it can’t comment on specific health cases, but notes COVID-19 is a reportable disease that will be followed if a health-care provider suspects a case.