NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio Orders All 80K City Employees BACK To Office From Sept 13 — And They’ll Have To Wear MASK Regardless Of Vaccine Status
- City workers are expected to resume a ‘pre-March 2020 work schedule’
- Working from home will only be possible ‘in limited circumstances’
- Workers must either be vaccinated or undergo weekly COVID-19 testing
- They will also have to wear mouth caps in common areas
- The plan was revealed on Wednesday in an email sent to heads of agencies
- It will especially affect the 80,000 office-based, non-essential city workers
- The Delta variant continues to spread and vaccination efforts lag
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is ordering all city workers to return to the office in less than two weeks, and workers will be required to wear face masks in communal areas and choose between vaccination or weekly tests while the Delta variant rages.
There are a total of 300,000 city workers, but the mayor’s latest order will mainly affect the 80,000 who work in offices at city agencies such as the Ministry of Cultural Affairs or the libraries.
Workers there are expected to resume pre-March 2020 work schedules in the office from Sept. 13, according to an email Wednesday sent to heads of agencies by the mayor’s reopening task force and obtained by the New York Times.
Those who return must be fully vaccinated or subject to weekly COVID-19 testing based on an executive order signed by the mayor yesterday.
Workers in New York City will be required to return to work in person from September 13. Essential workers such as transit workers, above, have already appeared
The order was sent to the heads of agencies on Wednesday by Mayor Bill de Blasio’s reopening task force. Above, de Blasio takes a ride on the new Times Square Ferris wheel on Tuesday
“People who haven’t been vaccinated, people who have regular contact with the public, will still wear masks and still keep their distance,” de Blasio said in June when he lifted mask requirements for vaccinated city workers.
All employees are still expected to wear face masks in common areas.
According to the email, “teleworking will only be allowed in limited circumstances.”
On Aug. 30, about 3.5 percent of the city’s residents tested positive for COVID for seven days, compared to 10.8 percent nationwide. Still, cases started to climb in early July after a relative lull in June, thanks to high vaccination coverage and a yet-to-be-released Delta variant.
About 70 percent of adults are fully vaccinated, and the city has put in place a number of incentives to help that number rise, including a $100 prepaid debit card for anyone who gets jabbed at a city-run site starting July 30.
De Blasio previously ordered city workers to come back in full by May 3 in March, before the more aggressive Delta variant pushed business, but a 50 percent capacity cap for buildings meant rotating schedules with some working from home and some coming. show up office.
Cases were relatively quiet in June thanks to high vaccination rates and a yet-to-be-released Delta variant
At the time, he said 80 percent of the city’s total workforce had already returned, most of them frontline workers such as transit workers, police officers and firefighters.
The mayor’s office and DC37, the NYC public workers’ union, did not immediately respond to requests for comment from DailyMail.com.