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Attending a council meeting? Masks 'strongly encouraged'

Series: Coronavirus | Story 352

Last updated 8/2/2021 at 3:43pm

Based on guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control, those attending meetings in council chambers are now strongly encouraged to wear masks.

Council meetings are held 7 p.m. Tuesdays. Councilmembers returned to in-person meetings July 20.

This follows the City of Edmonds' announcement that those entering City Hall, the Frances Anderson Center, and other City buildings are again required to wear masks. Employees must also wear masks.

Those attending meetings in council chambers should note the following:

• There is limited seating in the chambers. Sit 3 feet apart inside; excess chairs have been removed.

• Adhere to the CDC recommended social distancing measures via tick marks on the floor.

• The City is asking that attendees use overflow in the lobby if they are unable to remain socially distanced from others. Participants can watch meetings from the lobby or participate via Zoom when the chamber is full.

• Public/audience comment: The City will continue to accommodate public comments via email and Zoom; if making public comment in person – and if the Chamber is full – consider making your comment and exit the chamber to allow for others to make their comments.

The City of Lynnwood recently alerted those who attended the July 26 Lynnwood City Council meeting that someone in attendance tested positive for COVID-19.

"We are deeply concerned about the health of our community," said Council President Susan Paine. "We feel that these measures will help ensure the safety of all while continuing to use the hybrid meeting format."


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