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City of Burlington employee mask mandate lifted…for now

Burlington has lifted its temporary mask mandate for city employees. A memo from City Manager Tim Commisso says, “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.

The memo goes on to say that the situation will be under continuous review and that there will likely be  “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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