City of Barrie temporarily lays off 55 more employees amid coronavirus pandemic

The City of Barrie has temporarily laid off 55 additional employees and has reduced the work week to four days for many municipal workers, as the novel coronavirus pandemic continues to affect the local and provincial economy.

“These temporary layoffs are necessary due to the extended cancellation of several non-essential city services and the resulting financial impact,” Barrie, Ont., officials say.

On Friday, the city temporarily laid off 25 temporary positions, five permanent part-time workers and 25 permanent full-time employees.

To date, the City of Barrie has laid off more than 520 employees as a result of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

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“These are incredibly tough decisions that we are being forced to make during unprecedented times,” Michael Prowse, Barrie’s CAO, said in a statement.

“We’ve had to drastically change the way we operate in order to help stop the spread of COVID-19.”

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