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City of Las Vegas plans to bring employees back to in-person work by March

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Posted at 9:59 PM, Feb 03, 2021

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The City of Las Vegas plans to bring its remote employees back to full-time, in-person work beginning March 15.

In a letter from City Manager Jorge Cervantes to city employees sent out Tuesday, Cervantes cited a "smooth" roll out of the COVID-19 vaccinations to the city workforce.

He said that almost half of city employees have already been vaccinated and more have appointments scheduled.

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Read the full letter below:

I want to first thank all of you for your commitment and patience through the most challenging of times. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted each of us for nearly a year, and through it all I’ve been so proud of how our city workforce has responded.

I’m also happy to tell you that almost half of our city employees have already taken advantage of being vaccinated, and more employees have appointments scheduled to receive the shots. Although receiving this vaccine is not mandatory, your willingness to get the vaccine helps us protect ourselves, our coworkers, and our families, and keeps us able to serve the community. As more vaccines become available, we look to include your older family members as well.

With the rollout of the vaccinations going so smoothly for our city workforce, I have an important announcement. My intention is to have all remote working employees return to full-time in-person work beginning on March 15. This timeframe will allow each of us to receive the required number of doses and build the necessary immunity. I know this return to work may be a major change for those of you who’ve been able to work from home. I’m also aware this will be challenging for those of you with school-age children who are still doing distance learning. Despite these challenges however, I believe our organization can best serve our community when we’re all physically in the workplace full-time. We will continue to provide as much assistance as possible through our Vegas Strong Academy programs to assist those families with young children. We will have more details along these lines for you. Please remember our employee assistance program (EAP) has resources available to continue to help you cope with the challenges the pandemic has created if these services are needed.

I want to provide you this information to give you a full six weeks to adjust your scheduling. Thank you in advance for your understanding and support of this return to work plan. Like you always do, I know our city team will rise to the occasion.

Jorge Cervantes, P.E., P.T,O.E
City Manager