May 13 – Update


Below is the latest update from Surinder about the recovery plan. If you have any questions or concerns please attend the town hall on Friday, there will be an invite in your work email.

If you are unable to attend please send any questions or concerns to the executive.

There will be a labour management meeting that will include the health & safety committee to discuss the plans on Wednesday, May 20.

In Solidarity,


From: Bhogal, Surinder <>
Sent: May 13, 2020 4:06 PM
Subject: Chief Librarian Update – Surrey Libraries DRAFT Recovery Plan (May 12 version)

Hi Everyone,

Please see attached a draft Surrey Libraries Recovery Plan outlining our phased approach to reopening.

Library Management, Union, and Health and Safety Committee reviewed the plans earlier this week and there were many good questions/comments. The plans have also been shared with the City of Surrey Emergency Operations Centre and will be reviewed by Fraser Health. The services proposed in our phases are similar to public libraries across BC and Canada.  More detailed plans are also underway for level 2, which involves a takeout service.

During this incredibly unusual time, plans are fluid as new information becomes available. Our timelines are cautious and we propose a gradual approach to reopening. Our plans are aligned to the City of Surrey’s overall strategy on reopening civic facilities. The priority is to ensure a safe return to work for our staff, and resume more services to our community.

I’ll host a MS Teams meeting on Friday morning to describe our planning to date, provide updates, answer questions, and listen to your feedback. The meeting is open to all staff, union and exempt, retained and temporarily laid-off. The meeting is entirely optional – I’ll continue to send weekly email updates if you aren’t able to make the meeting.

Please watch out for a meeting invite and I look forward to seeing many of you on Friday.

I hope you are all staying safe.