Council staff were encouraged to work from home again amid concerns about Covid

JORK council staff are urged to work from home again when possible, amid concerns about growing pressures on the NHS this winter due to high Covid rates and flu.

Anyone who needs to work at Western Offices, the City Council’s York City headquarters, will also be advised to wear a mask starting next Monday.

Sharon Stoltz, director of public health, said that while national restrictions do not currently exist, the pandemic is not over yet.

“We still see high levels of Covid-19 circulating in our communities,” she warned.

“As we go into the winter months, there are also concerns about colds and flu and severe weather conditions that could put further pressure on the NHS and on our advisory services.”

She said guidance to employees includes some simple infection control measures they could all take to keep themselves and colleagues safe from illness and disease during the winter months.

“These simple measures can reduce the risk of staff illness, avoid additional pressures on our NHS and help us continue to provide essential services to residents,” she said.

“These steps will last at least until the end of January, but will be regularly reviewed according to the situation in the city and the region.”

Elsewhere in the city, a Nestlé spokesman said its office employees continue to work from home but that was because its offices were still closed for renovation.

He said the office should reopen in early 2022, at which point the company was expecting a hybrid work situation, with a mix of home and office working for most people.

However, office staff were able to work from home as they had wanted since before the pandemic.

“In our other offices, masks are still worn and we have been continuously using masks in factories and offices since they were first introduced,” he added.

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