Like every professional organisation around the world and the country, the Environmental Protection Agency has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. We began our year by highlighting our accomplishments in 2019 and plans for 2020; many of those plans, however, had to be modified. Nevertheless, the Agency quickly adapted and implemented systems to continue its work effectively, despite the challenges of the pandemic.
* Temporary suspension of field operations, eg site inspections, visits to investigate complaints etc, are activities that resumed after approximately three months.
* Suspended physical consultations for the ban on single use plastics were instead replaced by virtual consultations.
* Our social media presence was increased, and competitions were conducted for various environmental observances.
* Short-Term Noise Permits for social activities were recently suspended; and
* Staff were provided with masks, the number of hand- sanitising stations was increased, temperature checks were made at the security hut, staff working days were rotated to reduce the incidence of contraction of the virus; and a no mask-no entry policy was mandated.

Despite these challenges, the Agency has developed a plan for 2021 which would allow us to get back into the field and interact with the public.
We would like to extend belated Christmas greetings from the management and staff of the EPA. Our team is grateful for your partnership and support throughout 2020. As we reflect upon this year, we should celebrate and be grateful for our successes, and learn from our shortcomings. Take nothing for granted, and be thankful that you have such great family and friends to spend this joyous season with.
Our team would like to extend to you wishes for much success in the coming year.

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