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Statement from City Manager Tim Commisso on Lifting Temporary Internal City of Burlington Health & Safety Measures for City Employees

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*Please see below a news release issued by the City of Burlington.

Burlington, Ont. — Jan. 9, 2023 — Following a stabilization in reported employee sick time, the City of Burlington’s senior leadership team has made the decision to ease and adjust some of the temporary health and safety measures introduced for its employees on Nov. 28, 2022.

Effective Jan. 9, 2023, City employees are no longer required to wear a mask in City workplaces. The temporary measure was in place for six weeks and expired on Jan. 8, 2023.

In November 2022, the City experienced an approximate 44% increase in employee sick time, which was having a significant impact on the wellness of City staff and service delivery operations. In order to ease the pressures on staff, the Burlington leadership team made the decision to implement some internal, temporary, health and safety measures, including the requirement for masking in all City workplaces, for City employees only. As of Jan. 9, 2023, this masking requirement is no longer in place.

The City of Burlington’s leadership team will continue to regularly review its workplace health and safety policies to ensure the wellbeing of its employees and consistent service delivery to the community. We do anticipate continued challenges through the winter. Masks continue to be strongly recommended indoors and will be provided to City staff and the public at City facilities.

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