Senior public officers are preparing this week for the reopening of the public service, which is slated for 8 a.m. on Monday.
All offices of the public service will formally and physically be open from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. next week, according to a Saturday circular released by Deputy Governor David Archer Jr.
Offices can only open, however, once they have met all the criteria of the Public Service Occupancy Clearance for Covid-19 Pandemic Checklist, the circular stated.
This week, all senior managers, heads of department and senior staff were asked to report to duty to prepare government offices by taking
steps including installing hygiene stations and implementing social distancing measures for employees and the public.
The health and safety coordinator with support from the Ministry of Health and Social Development will assist departments in meeting standards prescribed by the Health Emergency Operations Centre, according to government.
In the circular, Mr. Archer stressed the importance of all public sector employees securing their households prior to reporting to work.
All the protocols that were established in a previous circular issued on April 16 also remain in place, Mr. Archer said.
That includes the public service’s “90-Day Operations Plan,” which Mr. Archer said is driven by the acronym PPD, which stands for preventing the spread of the disease; protecting employees and residents; and delivering services.
“My gratitude is continually expressed to the governor, premier and the full Cabinet along with the HEOC, health officials and all essential workers who have made it their daily and nightly tasks to plan, make the right deci- sions, and take action to keep us safe,” Mr. Archer stated. “I also thank public officers for being prepared to serve clients in new and innovative ways. It is through your dedication and effort that we have been able to ensure the success of the various services offered to ensure all citizens in the territory were taken care of during this difficult time.”
Last week, about 90 public officers were deployed alongside volunteers to help package and distribute government-funded supplies to residents in need across the territory under the $2 million “Territorial Provisioning Logistical Plan.”