Staff Updates

As you are aware the situation with the Novel Coronavirus is continually changing.  As an organisation we are actively monitoring the situation and are corresponding with all relevant regulatory authorities, which will inform any further actions required.

Please read this staff memo with important information.

Staff Memo Issue 45 Coronavirus

Workplace Health & Safety Measures Covid-19

The Estates, Facilities and Health & Safety Teams have been working extensively in all Council buildings to ensure all relevant health and safety measures are in place for staff to safely return to work in their normal working environment. All government recommendations have been implemented include hand sanitising stations, markers on floors to ensure distance between individuals and regular cleaning across buildings.


Recruitment will recommence on a limited basis. Internal vacancies can be accessed via the intranet or  Publicly advertised vacancies will continue to be advertised on the ‘Jobs’ section of the Council’s website.  Other HR updates will be communicated via the ‘Staff Updates’ webpage

Furlough Q&A’s

ABC Furlough Employee Guide_

Remote working

Advice for staff for working from home on GDPR and Data Protection to ensure you consider the same security measures as you would in normal circumstances.

A short presentation is available to assist you here: Remote Working Guidance

If you have any questions please contact:

Data Protection during a crisis

With the correct application of flexibility in our response to COVID19, we can carry out our statutory role and engage to keep the public safe and supported during this present public health emergency.

We must continue to acknowledge the important role that people’s information rights will continue to have, both around privacy protections and transparency around our decision-making.

A short presentation on how to comply with the law is available to assist you here: Data Protection during a crisis

If you have any questions please contact

Looking after your Mental Health During COVID-19
For advice given by the World Health Organisation on mental health and coping during COVID-19. Click Here

In Northern Ireland, the response is coordinated by the Public Health Agency (PHA) working under the Department of Health.  This coordination is currently operational, including preparations in the local Health & Social Care Trusts, and PHA are providing focused advice to relevant organisations.

The PHA are issuing general advice available on the following links:

Public Health Agency

Common questions about the virus

Travel advice

Please find attached communications guidelines regarding General Advice and Hand Washing Techniques. As further information becomes available staff will be kept updated via the Intranet, email updates and line management communications, as and when available.

However, it is important to remember our main message is:

If you have concerns following any recent travel you or your family may have undertaken, please review the links above.

Coronavirus symptom update:

This week, the Public Health Agency (PHA) announced a new symptom associated with Coronavirus.

Anosmia, the loss of smell or taste, has been added to the list of Coronavirus symptoms that people should be aware of and self-isolate with.

The three main symptoms of coronavirus are defined as follows:

  • A high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • A new, continuous cough – coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than normal)
  • A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.

If you display any of these symptoms you must self-isolate for 7 days from when your symptoms first started. Anyone who lives with you (even if they do not have symptoms) should self-isolate for 14 days from when the first person in your home started having symptoms.

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Information regarding absence due to Coronavirus can be found in the Staff Memo Issue 2 FAQ’s document at

Chief Executive’s Briefings

Chief Executive’s Briefing: 25.11.20

Staff Health & Wellbeing

Health & Wellbeing