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Message from Managing Executive Director, Emma Alexander 5 January 2021

5 January 2021

Most of us I’m sure will have watched this evening’s broadcast. The Prime Minister’s announcement will have inevitably raised lots of questions about how our home and work life will be affected – even more – by these new lockdown measures.

I wanted to let you know that we are already reviewing the guidance that has been issued by the Government and, tomorrow morning, the council’s political leaders and executive directors will be working through the detail of the announcement and its implications for our residents, staff and partners. It appears from the guidance that many of the services we are currently delivering in a COVID-secure way will continue, although we will obviously let you know if any changes might affect your day-to-day work as soon as possible.

In the meantime, please report for work tomorrow (Tuesday) as you normally would: that should be virtually wherever you can do so, but in person where being at the workplace is essential. Our workplaces have been made COVID-secure for those who need to be present and I want to reassure you that your wellbeing is our top priority. For those working remotely, please continue to do so.

It is, yet again, a very unsettling time for everyone who works for us. We’ve all been here before and you rose to the challenge admirably in 2020 with a proud determination to keep vital public services running. I know we’ve got it in us to do it again in 2021.

Every single employee is a representative of our council and Derbyshire, so please can I ask you to continue to set an example in your community and follow the new COVID restrictions that are in place to protect ourselves, our loved ones and the most vulnerable residents of our county. Whatever job we do for the council, we are all Derbyshire public health ambassadors and, from talking to many of you, I know you take this role seriously in both your personal and work lives. I can’t thank you enough.

Any change in our work or home lives caused by the pandemic will affect each of us differently depending on our unique circumstances. We have a wide range of services to support your physical and mental wellbeing.

Thank you again for everything you continue to do for the people of Derbyshire.