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January 15, 2021 - COVID-19 Update

15 Jan 2021

Colleagues,

Since my January 5 message, Nova Scotia has been experiencing low case numbers of COVID-19. Considering this, beginning January 25, employees who were mandated to work from home, based on my email directive of November 23, 2020, can return to worksites in the same scheduled, reduced capacity manner as was in effect prior to the directive being issued.

This decision aligns with Public Health directives and reflects the varied individual and operational needs. More information on what this means for you will be shared at the Business Unit level over the coming days.

I understand that the continued changes in response to the pandemic are difficult. I want to assure you that the safety and wellbeing of all our employees remains my priority. Whether you have remained onsite throughout the pandemic, will begin returning in a modified capacity, or will continue to work from home – thank you.

It should be noted that virtual meetings must continue to be utilized whenever possible and non-essential in-person training will continue to occur online for the time being.

As a region, we can be proud of how we are handling the second wave. However, we know that with COVID-19, things can change in an instant. We will continue to monitor the situation and adapt our approaches with caution and at the direction of Public Health to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of employees and residents.

Thank you for your ongoing efforts as we continue to navigate these next phases of the pandemic.

Kind regards, amitiés, wela’lioq,

Jacques

Recognizing that the duration of this situation is unknown, and to streamline your access to information, below is list of important links.

Employee updates: hrmmatters.ca/coronavirus

Municipal service adjustments: halifax.ca/coronavirus

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

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

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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