Whatcom County departments have continued essential services during the Governor's Stay at Home order (March 25) with offices closed to the public. Leaders are now preparing for the transition back to public access as appropriate following the Governor's phased approach to re-opening. County departments provide a wide range of services so department activities and phases will vary.
Below are resources and sample plans for the transition process. These are subject to change based on new information and operational needs.
Request to Develop Physical Distancing Plans - April 30
"Although we don't anticipate a full return to work on site with full public access to departments, we do anticipate a gradual transition back. In the coming weeks, please start thinking about the steps your department would take in developing and implementing a Physical Distancing Plan (framework and template attached) to ensure staff and public safety. Prevention ideas can be found with the current CDC guidelines and Best Practices as well as the Department of Labor & Industries. If physical changes to work spaces are requested, please work with Facilities and IT, as appropriate."
Governor's Safe Start Recovery Plan - May 4
Superior Court Administrative Order - Courthouse Public Areas - May 8
Public Defender Physical Distancing Plan - May 28
Public Works COVID-19 Operating Plan - June 4; updated June 12
Operating Plan for Field Work - June 4
Permit Center Re-Opening Plan - DRAFT - June 5
Administrative Services Work Safe COVID-19 Operating Plan - June 24
Teleworking refers to working from remote locations, rather than the usual workplace. Teleworkers normally use computers and other technologies to accomplish job tasks.Most information-based jobs are appropriate for teleworking. Teleworking is ideal for jobs or tasks that require reading, writing, research, working with data, and talking on the phone. Some jobs that may not seem appropriate at first may be modified temporarily so that employees can telework.
An employee may discuss options for telework with their supervisor including a proposal of work to be performed and equipment requirements.