November 12, 2021
Even though the staff are 98% vaccinated against COVID-19, federal workers are being told to eat their lunch alone, at least two metres away from anyone else and to constantly wear masks in the office, says Blacklock’s Reporter.
“There is no one-size-fits-all approach,” Treasury Board President Mona Fortier said in a statement.
Health directives “will inform departmental planning around where and how federal public servants can work,” said Fortier.
So many were reassigned to work off site the Department of Public Works spent $36.3 million on office equipment shipped to employees’ homes including desks, chairs and computer accessories.
The new health department directive detailed steps employees should take as they return to federal buildings beginning November 15.
Of 268,000 employees in core departments, a total 255,533 or 95% are fully vaccinated, with another 3% partially vaccinated. Recommendations included:
- • spacing all desks six feet apart even if every employee is vaccinated;
- • mandating the wearing of masks in elevators;
- • requiring that employees eat lunch “with as few other people as possible”;
- • having managers keep doors open in meetings to “maximize ventilation.”
“Even though COVID-19 vaccines are effective at preventing serious outcomes no vaccines are 100% effective,” said the directive.
“Additional preventive practices as outlined in this document are needed to help protect against COVID-19.