The City of Dryden has confirmed that 37 municipal employees have been temporarily laid off, as the city adjusts to the ongoing COVID-19 situation and Ontario’s State of Emergency.

Chief Administrative Officer Roger Nesbitt says the layoffs are due to various municipal closures, service adjustments, and employee health and safety concerns.

“These are all valued and needed employees. The municipality requires them to return to work as soon as the COVID-19 situation allows for it. We are all looking forward to when that day arrives and hoping it comes soon,” wrote Nesbitt, in a prepared statement.

For qualifying employees, the city has implemented a Supplemental Unemployment Benefit Plan through the Federal Government, to add federal benefits to help ease the financial impact on employees. Health benefits will also be staying intact.

The city declared a State of Emergency on March 28. Ontario’s State of Emergency will continue until May 12 at the earliest, but it can be extended at any time by the province.

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