The city of Toronto says some leisure hours will be put on hold due to staff shortages due to non-compliance with their COVID-19 vaccination policy.
Officials said executives and supervisors will hold meetings with part-time leisure workers who have not yet complied with the policy, which requires a full vaccine course by October 30.
If staff are not vaccinated after the meeting, staff will be suspended for up to six weeks until evidence of vaccination is provided, officials said.
The city said from Tuesday that 91 percent of workers in parks, forestry and leisure are fully immunized against COVID-19.
The city of Toronto is suspending nearly 250 workers who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19
Officials said some affected programs may include fitness classes, swimming lessons, sports, dance, art and general interest.
“Remedies to avoid program cancellations are underway and include redeployment of staff to registered training programs, use of overtime and placement of newly hired staff where possible,” the city said in a news release.
“It is important to note that the cancellation of a class does not indicate that the class instructor has not been vaccinated, as staff are redistributed to different locations and programs in an attempt to minimize these service impacts.”
The city said it will contact anyone who has had their class canceled and those enrolled will receive credits. It also said it is stepping up recruitment efforts to ensure staff are in place for the upcoming winter season – the autumn session is underway with five weeks left for most programs.
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