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December 15, 2021 - COVID-19 Update

Colleagues,

Further to the recent provincial announcement regarding the return of certain public health restrictions, we are reinstating guidelines for municipal workplaces beginning Friday, December 17, 2021. These include:

In-person meetings

  • In-person meetings/training can occur when operationally necessary, following posted room occupancy levels. Holiday or other social gatherings are not encouraged.
  • Meeting room limits will be set at 50 per cent capacity to a maximum of 150 people indoors.

Physical distancing

  • Maintain physical distancing of two metres (six feet).
  • Wear a mask if you can’t physically distance.
  • Follow updated gathering limits.

Masks

These changes are to help protect each other and our community, especially now that the Omicron variant has reached our province. In the words of Dr. Strang, there is no need to panic, but there is a need to be cautious. Please continue to follow all public health guidelines and recommendations, including:

  • Stay informed of potential COVID-19 exposure locations and follow public health instructions.
  • Respect self-isolation and testing requirements, including staying at home if feeling unwell.
  • Practice proper hygiene.
  • All employees who receive a positive test result for COVID-19, who have been in a municipal facility in the previous 14 days, are reminded to advise their manager/ supervisor immediately to help us keep your colleagues safe while maintaining your privacy.

Today, the Province announced that schools will close for the holidays on December 17 and re-open January 6. I encourage you to work with your manager/supervisor to make appropriate arrangements and for all to be flexible where possible.

I know this news comes at a difficult time as we approach the holiday season. Please be kind and patient with one another. We must remain diligent in our fight against COVID-19, and remember that by doing so, we are protecting those most vulnerable in our communities.

The ongoing impacts of the pandemic continue to challenge all of us. If you or a direct family member need additional support, you can reach out to your respective Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) 24 hours a day, seven days a week. And, as always, employees can email MyHR@halifax.ca or phone 902.490.6145 for centralized access to employee services.

In closing, I’d like to take a moment to thank everyone for their support with the Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. As you know, today December 15, marks the deadline for full vaccination. Currently, 97 per cent of employees have reported that they are fully vaccinated. Your dedication to a safe, healthy workplace is greatly appreciated and so important, now more than ever.

Wela’lioq, amitiés, kind regards,

Jacques

To streamline your access to information related to COVID-19, below is a list of important links.

Public health information: Public Health Agency of Canada and Nova Scotia Health and Wellness

Employee updates: hrmmatters.ca/coronavirus

Municipal service adjustments: halifax.ca/coronavirus

hfxALERT, the municipality’s mass notification system: halifax.ca/hfxalert

Human Resources: MyHR@halifax.ca or 902.490.6145

Homewood Health’s Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP): 902.466.3327 or 1.800.663.1142

Halifax Regional Police Association EFAP: 902.430.8295 or 902.430.8296

International Association of Fire Fighters FFAP: 902.483.6068

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