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March 31, 2021 - COVID-19 Update

Colleagues,

Following up on my February message regarding return to work, I am happy to say that things are looking brighter. As the situation around COVID-19 in our province continues to evolve with the encouraging news surrounding Nova Scotia’s enhanced vaccination efforts, we are turning our attention to gradually returning the remainder of our employees to their workplaces.

As of May 17, staff who are working at home should be in the office at least two days/week. As of July 5, staff should be in the office three to four days a week with a view to full return to offices in early September. Your manager will be speaking to you about this gradual return to work in the coming weeks.

As always, your safety, and that of our residents, remains our top priority, and any changes to workplace planning and our return to work approach described herein will be made in strict alignment with public health guidelines.

Public Health is encouraging all Nova Scotians who can, to become vaccinated and HRM supports that direction. That said HRM will not be making the vaccine mandatory as a condition of employment. HRM will continue to follow Public Health guidelines and will educate, encourage and support staff to get vaccinated.

We must remain diligent in our fight against COVID-19. To learn more about Nova Scotia’s COVID-19 immunization plan, visit: novascotia.ca/coronavirus/vaccine/.

I’d also encourage you to read the recently updated COVID-19 Employee FAQ for additional information in regards to vaccinations.

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

I wish you all a very happy, safe and relaxing Easter long weekend.

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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