WREXHAM Council's Chief Executive has completed Zoom conversations with more than 500 employees in the last fortnight.

The aim of these sessions with Ian Bankcroft is to prepare employees for a return to the office and public buildings in a modern way of working and re-connecting.

In it's second coronavirus recovery update, the council said it was now having 1 to 1 discussions with employees to work through their working patterns.

A spokesman said: "We anticipate this return to take place over the coming weeks and months.

"This modern way of working, consistent with many organisations, will enable employees to do some work from home to undertake desk based jobs such as writing reports and dealing with emails, some work in the office where work with other people and partners is critical, and some work in communities or out on site.

"We anticipate full recovery subject to case rates for Covid 19 to be in the autumn."

It is also planned to have county councillor's return to offices and meetings.

The update added: "Once the restriction around working from home changes as a council we will also apply the same guidance to support councillors in terms of being able to come to the office for pieces of specific work or a meeting.

"Formal meetings will continue virtually for the time being however we are exploring the ability to do mixed meetings. Further updates on this will follow."

In terms of council services, most are now operating.

However, those where council staff have to work in the community and public buildings are not yet operating as normal with restrictions still in place.

The update adds: "As soon as we are able we will recover these services to normal ways of working. We receive regular unlocking reports with appropriate risk assessments on a weekly basis to do this.

"As a Council our intention is to outline a clear path for return and recovery over the coming months now we have positive progress with the vaccination programme and lifting of restrictions.

The council's Chief Executive and Chief Officers will be arranging a visit to local communities between July and December this year. The visits are designed to support community recovery and understand the issues communities face on their recovery journey.

Wrexham Council's core message:

"Our core message this week is that the council is gearing itself in a safe and measured way to welcome staff and council members back to our buildings in the coming months.

"In the same way we are working hard to support the delivery of services to the public on an ongoing basis."