Pursuant to emergency powers as set forth in Connecticut General Statute Section 28-8a and Section C3-10-10 of the Charter of the City of Stamford, I hereby issue the following Executive Order.
MAYOR'S EXECUTIVE ORDER
REOPENING GOVERNMENT CENTER
The prior Executive Order entitled, "City Employee Leave Time and Staffing COVID-19 Pandemic," issued on March 16, 2020 (amended April l , 2020) and prior Executive Order entitled "City Employee Safety When Working at the Government Center During the COVID-19 Pandemic" issued July 31, 2020, are hereby rescinded. The City's Continuity of Operations Plans (COOP) which went into effect Tuesday March 17, 2020, as part of that Executive Order, is discontinued.
Effective Monday, July 12, 2021 , the Government Center will reopen to all employees and visitors. Department Managers should begin to schedule all employees to report to the office. All employees must be back in the office by Labor Day. Human Resources will be issuing a revised policy on remote work, to be limited in scope to accommodate special circumstances on a temporary basis where the business needs of the department can be accomplished. A number of safety protocols and new processes have been instituted to continue to provide for the safety of employees and visitors. The City has prepared a "Government Center Reopening Policies and Procedures Manual," which details these safety protocols and new processes. This manual will be distributed to all city employees at the Government Center and posted to the city's web site.
I am announcing the reopening of the Government Center and the discontinuance of the COOP as our Federal, state and local public health authorities have eased COVID-19 restrictions as the number of positive cases has dramatically declined. Vaccination rates are improving and approaching the numbers necessary for adult herd immunity. As a result, both private and public organizations in the State of Connecticut — and throughout the country — are reopening and employees are returning to the workplace.
With the reopening of the Government Center and employees returning to the workplace we continue to require certain safety protocols as not all employees or visitors have been fully vaccinated. The CDC has issued guiding principles for fully vaccinated people indicating that indoor and outdoor activities pose minimal risks to fully vaccinated people. The following face covering mask policy will be in effect at the Government Center until further notice:
- Employees who have been validated by the Human Resources Department as being fully vaccinated are not required to wear a face covering while in the Government Center except at times when interacting with the public when wearing a face covering shall be required.
- The general public will be required to properly wear a face covering at all times while in the Government Center.
- Employees who are not fully vaccinated are required to wear a face covering at all times while in the Government Center and maintain social distancing protocols.
We have also utilized technology to continue to move many of our services on-line. Kiosks have been set up in the lobby of the Government Center to reduce the traffic in the building, which will aide in maintaining social distancing. Consistent with state statute, many public meetings will continue to be held remotely. On a case-by-case basis, in-person meetings can be scheduled if the necessary social distancing and other safety protocols are maintained.
This Executive Order shall take effective July 12, 2021.
Mayor David R. Martin