New Year updates at Dixon Hall

Happy New Year! I hope that you’ve been able to experience some of the joy of the holiday season we just experienced. And I’m very sorry to welcome you to what seems like a repeat of how we started last year.

Some of you will be aware that as of Monday morning, January 3, 2022, the Provincial government announced several measures to combat the spread of the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus. These restrictions have been characterized as a return to a modified Stage 2 that came into effect this past Wednesday, January 5, 2022, and will remain in effect until at least Wednesday, January 26. While they include a return to many restrictions of our social interactions, the measures we need to consider are those that directly impact the work we do each day at Dixon Hall. Please keep in mind that this will vary depending on the department with which you are engaged, and the nature of the work in which you participate.

The specific measures announced impacting how we do our work require that employers implement measures to have employees work from home unless the nature of their work requires them to be on-site. As a result of this mandate, we will return to operating our programs with the same approach taken during last year’s Stage 2 implementation. This will mean that we will only provide in person services that are considered essential (i.e. shelters, respite shelters, food security programs including Meals on Wheels, Seniors Supportive Housing programs, and so on). All other programs and functions of the Agency will return to the established remote operations model.

We will also maintain the in-person limitations and guidelines put in place by the Province. Where groups must gather indoors, no more than five (5) people should be present at any single time. Where outdoor gatherings occur, no more than ten (10) people should gather at one time. These gatherings will remain subject to social distancing standards and require all participants to wear a multi-layered medical-grade mask, preferably one rated N95 or KN95, while at those gatherings. Single layer, fabric masks will not be accepted for use in any Dixon Hall workspaces.

Our hope is that these restrictions will be short-lived so that we will be able to return to the safe, “in-person” services and supports, that both we and our clients prefer. Until these restrictions are lifted, allow me to say “Thank you” once again for continuing to remain interested in or reliant on the work done by Dixon Hall.

There will be more information posted regarding COVID-19 vaccines, alternate program schedules and locations, and more. So do keep checking in here. Wishing you all the best for now.