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Coronavirus: Williamsburg extends closure and city staff telework

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(WYDaily file/Courtesy of Unsplash)

Most city of Williamsburg employees will continue to telework.

This after City Manager Andrew Trivette extended the closure of public facilities until further notice, “to best protect the City’s workforce and to continue to help limit the infection rate of COVID-19,” officials said in a news release Thursday.

Employees who report in to city buildings, like fire, police, Public Works, city manager’s office, Human Services, and the Director of Elections Office, will continue to receive temperature screens twice daily and will be sent home if needed.

Those who report in are staying separated at work by limiting who reports on what day and where they are in the building, officials said.

Specific protocols have been instituted for screening employees who are exposed at home or at work to protect the workforce and some work schedules have been adjusted for shift employees to assure essential services continue.

 “Any relaxation of restrictions will occur gradually,” Trivette said. “We are developing plans for a phased or tiered approach to reopening city facilities that would include a return to work for teleworking employees without reopening the buildings to the public and then a gradual public reopening.”

Trivette emphasized that once employees do return to work, extra safety measures would likely be in place for employees such as wearing masks and enforcing social distancing requirements.

“Likewise, when we do reopen city facilities to the public we will likely do so in steps. We are still working out the details and plans at this time,” Trivette said.

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John Mangalonzo (john@localdailymedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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