Burlington drops mask mandate for employees in City workplaces

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Published January 9, 2023 at 1:48 pm

Burlington’s mask mandate for City employees has come to an end.

“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,” said City manager Tim Commisso.

“Effective Jan. 9, City employees are no longer required to wear a mask in City workplaces. The temporary measure was in place for six weeks.”

In November 2022, the City experienced an approximate 44 per cent 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.

“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 continue to be provided to City staff and the public at City facilities.”

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