Coventry City Council relaxes in-person public speeches at meetings | Coventry
COVENTRY – City Council is easing restrictions on COVID-19 by allowing residents to speak in person during the public participation section of their meetings, starting Monday, June 7.
The board unanimously approved the measure at its last meeting earlier this month.
City council meetings will remain hybrid, with some participating virtually via computers, but those who wish to speak in person will be able to do so.
Residents who show up in person will need to adhere to guidelines put in place at City Hall in response to the Federal Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s announcement this month that fully vaccinated people have not been vaccinated. no more wearing a mask or practicing social distancing indoors.
Guidelines were posted around the town hall which read: “Masks are not mandatory, but always welcome according to CDC guidelines. Fully vaccinated people only. This includes a full two week waiting period after the shot. Everyone else must wear masks ”, before thanking them for their cooperation.
To keep everyone safe, officials suggested adding extra tables and chairs in the council meeting room to distribute people and create a sign-up sheet before the meeting to ensure space is not too crowded.
Residents who prefer to submit their comments by email can continue to do so by sending their letter before noon on the Wednesday preceding the meeting. The letters will then be added to the agenda and posted online. Letters submitted after this deadline will be added to the agenda for the next meeting.
“You don’t lose your right to express your opinion, but if you want to do it in person, you have to introduce yourself,” said CEO John Elsesser.