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Mystery surrounds closure of finance ministry offices

Closed until January 18: staff at the Ministry of Finance are now working from home

Staff at the Ministry of Finance are working from home after the department closed its offices on Parliament Street.

But the Government is refusing to give a reason for the closure or say when the shutdown was imposed.

In a statement issued yesterday, a ministry spokeswoman said: “The Ministry of Finance headquarters, located on the second floor of the Government Administration Building, is closed until January 18.

“Most of the employees in the Ministry of Finance headquarters continue to work from home and the preferred method of contact, at this time, is by e-mail.”

The statement went on to list the names and e-mail addresses of 21 employees at the ministry.

The Royal Gazette first contacted the Government about the closure last Thursday, and asked if it was related to contact with a Covid-19 case.

Further inquiries have been made since and a government spokewoman confirmed that the offices were temporarily closed but did not answer further questions.

In response to a query over whether the closure was because of Covid-19 exposure, she replied: “That is simply untrue.”

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