Quebec is once again postponing the return to the workplace of its officials.
It was the Minister responsible for Government Administration, Sonia LeBel, who made the announcement on Monday.
She had initially planned that public service personnel would gradually return to government buildings from September 7.
But the arrival of a fourth wave of COVID-19, and the marked presence of the Delta variant, had forced her to postpone the date of the face-to-face return to October 4.
The plan to return to the workplace, which was supposed to begin on October 4, has now been postponed to a “later date”.
This will be specified “when the epidemiological situation allows,” said Ms. LeBel in a statement released Monday.
“The epidemiological situation prompts us to postpone the return to the workplace once again. “
Ms LeBel pointed out that continued telecommuting among public servants was part of efforts to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.
Quebec reported 679 new cases of COVID-19 and one additional death on Monday.
The provincial death toll now stands at 403,704 people infected since the start of the pandemic, of which 385,775 have recovered, as have 11,326 deaths.
“As a responsible employer, the health and safety of public service employees is paramount,” said Minister LeBel.
“I would like to thank all the staff for their excellent work and their collaboration since the start of the pandemic,” she added.