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Sept 14, 2021 - COVID-19 Update

Colleagues,

Further to the province’s media briefing regarding the decision to delay entering Phase 5 of Nova Scotia’s reopening plan until October 4, I want to relay that there is no impact to municipal operations at this time.

The municipality continues its practice of following the direction of the Chief Medical Officer of Health. The province has confirmed that proof of vaccination will not be required under the provincewide policy for employees of businesses and organizations that offer certain events and activities.

With this in mind, the municipality will not mandate vaccines for municipal employees at this time. We will reassess this decision as necessary and in alignment with public health.

More information about Phase 5 impacts on municipal services, processes and protocols, including any changes to our municipal COVID-19 signage, will be shared as they become available.

In the meantime, please continue to follow all public health guidelines and recommendations, including:

It’s important to note that our process for positive cases in the workplace remains the same. 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.

With the challenging, and often unpredictable, events that have occurred over the past 18 months, I know that many of us are feeling the pandemic fatigue. Thank you to all staff for your continued dedication to service excellence throughout this time.

As always, please speak with your manager/ supervisor if you have questions, or refer to the COVID-19 Employee FAQs which will be updated in the coming days.

Kind regards, amitiés, wela’lioq,

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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