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June 17, 2021- COVID-19 Update

Colleagues,

As we enter phase 2 of Nova Scotia’s reopening plan, I think we are all feeling more hopeful about the weeks and months ahead. Ongoing progress of provincewide vaccination rates, low case numbers and limited community spread also enable us to revisit our return to work plans with an anticipated full return by September 2021.

Effective immediately, I’m lifting the April 23 directive asking employees who can work from home to do so. With that in mind, and depending on business unit and employee needs, some individuals may begin returning to worksites over the coming weeks. Others may continue to follow a hybrid, or fully virtual model until September. Employees should work with their manager/supervisor to determine their arrangements.

In any case, I want to remind everyone that workplace safety and health remains our top priority. Please continue to follow public health guidelines and municipal safe work practices, including those outlined in the COVID-19 Mandatory Masks Policy. In-person meetings/training can occur when operationally necessary, following posted room occupancy levels.

The third wave of the pandemic has been challenging to say the least. But the warmer weather we’ve been experiencing and the anticipation of further restrictions continuing to ease has me feeling excited about what these summer months have in store.

Many of you will be taking much deserved time off over the next couple of months, enjoying local travel and spending quality time with family and friends. Vacation time is meant to be restorative and is important for our wellbeing, so you’re encouraged to take your allotted vacation as approved by your manager/supervisor.

While the tide is turning, we must remain committed to following public health advice. To learn more about Nova Scotia’s response to COVID-19, visit: novascotia.ca/coronavirus/.

Thank you for your continued dedication to the safe delivery of municipal services.

Kind regards, amitiés, wela’lioq,

Jacques

Recognizing that the duration of this situation is unknown, and to streamline your access to information, 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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