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Norfolk furloughs 550 part-time employees amid pandemic

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Posted at 12:30 PM, Mar 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-30 12:30:40-04

NORFOLK, Va. – The City of Norfolk announces it will reduce staffing levels and service delivery in response to Governor Northam's order to practice social distancing.

Starting March 30 through April 13, city departments will further reduce staff to help stop the spread of the virus.

550 part-time employees will be furloughed, according to city officials. These employees will receive two paychecks in April and are asked to return when city operations return to normal. Additional resources are being made available to help these employees.

“We heard the Governor loud and clear and we are responding to his direction. Team Norfolk will continue to serve as a model in the community and do what we can to encourage social distancing. My expectation is our employees will stay home and stay healthy so we can return to 100% staffing levels when the time comes,” said Dr. Chip Filer, City Manager.

Trash and recycling collection will continue, but bulk and yard waste collection will stop during this time because it takes two employees in one truck to collect materials.

All trash must be in the green can with the lid closed. The driver will not get out of the truck to pick up any trash not in a can.

Residents must reschedule their bulk waste request when city operations return to normal.

City officials also announce one-hour free parking at all metered spaces and parking garages will open to the public free of charge.

Police, Fire-Rescue and 9-1-1 operators will remain fully staffed.

Residents are asked to use MyNorfolk online or mobile app for all service requests versus calling Norfolk Cares and experiencing longer than normal wait times.

Staff will continue to respond to emergency requests. Any requests that are not considered an emergency will be handled as soon as staffing levels return to normal.

Governor Ralph Northam is set to make a major announcement Monday at 2 p.m.

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