July 17 Update

Hi Everyone,

Below is a message that was sent today by Surinder. In her email, she attached the level 3 recovery plan. To access the plan you will need to log into your work email.

Another reason to check your work email is that recall notices are being sent to staff starting today.

As always, please send any questions to any members of the union executive.

In Solidarity,

From: Bhogal, Surinder <Sbhogal@surrey.ca>
Sent: 17-Jul-20 9:30 AM
Subject: Message from Chief Librarian: September Reopening and next Town Hall

Hi Everyone,

September Reopening

We are targeting Wednesday September 9 to reopen our branches, with limited hours and limited services. More details can be found in the attached Recovery Plan, also available on the intranet, here.  Please note this is a high level plan, and many details are still to be worked out (e.g. Port Kells service, Monday openings, CLC access, etc.)  These decisions will be made over the next few weeks in consultation with supervisors and staff. Procedures and training documents are also being developed, and the  Surrey Libraries Safety Plan is being updated.  We have the benefit of learning from neighbouring libraries that are reopening, and adapt processes to Surrey’s needs.

Town Hall

The next Town Hall is planned for Monday July 27, 5:30-6:30pm. We wanted to schedule a time that minimized operations, and could be attended by both employed and laid-off staff. Melanie Reynolds will send out a meeting invite, and attendance is optional. If you have questions for the Town Hall after reviewing the plan, please send them to Melanie by Thursday July 23.

COVID Information

Excellent resources, including EFAP & mental health supports such as ‘Not myself today’, are available on COVID-19 update for city staff.  Library- specific information, including reopening and safety plans, are available on the Intranet here.


Staying Safe

As more businesses and services reopen, and the number of confirmed cases grow in BC, it is important to not let your guard down. We each need to be responsible and take precautions, both in the workplace and after hours. Please continue your good work in washing hands frequently,  practicing social distancing and wearing a mask when you cannot maintain a 2 metre distance from others. Do not come to work if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.  To quote Dr. Bonnie Henry, ‘If the virus is anywhere, the risk is everywhere’, and we must all do our part to keep ourselves and each other safe.

I hope you are all keeping well. Please note, I’m on vacation next week and look forward to connecting with many of you on July 27.

Thank you,