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.