Updated: May 03, 2021 06:52 PM
Created: May 03, 2021 03:44 PM
NEW YORK CITY - Thousands of municipal workers in New York City started returning to in-person work on Monday for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered offices last March.
The wear to work outfit may be a little different. However, New York City workers returning to the office for the first time in a long time said they felt safe.
Roughly 80,000 municipal employees are obligated to return to the office in person per the mayor’s order, whether they like it or not, which was evident at a weekend rally where workers called the return of work during the pandemic unsafe, unequal, and unnecessary given variants and uncertainty about air quality in some buildings.
Mayor Bill de Blasio points out that 80% of the city’s workforce is already back and some 180,000 city employees have been vaccinated against COVID-19.
The return to office work will be staggered, with the mayor saying there's going to be an emphasis on safe practices and social distancing. A rotating schedule for workers will still keep some people out of the office some days.
In a statement, the executive director of the city s largest employee union, DC 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido, expressed skepticism about back to work scheduling saying in part:
“Some agencies are bringing everyone back every day, others once a week. It does not make sense and makes clear everyone is guessing. We need to figure out the safest approach and apply it evenly across city government.”
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