At the September 16th Regular Council meeting, Mountain View County Council gave the green light to resumption of Council meetings in an in-person format with special precautions in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
It is intended that the October 7th Regular Council meeting, and Committee and Board meetings following that date, will return to in-person attendance combined with the opportunity for residents, staff and Councillors to participate electronically through the current Zoom platform in the event that they are unable to, or uncomfortable with, meeting in-person.
Although the move to an online format in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in April has provided an opportunity for the County to continue providing the high level of services that residents and businesses expect, it is the hope of Council and Administration that this proposed hybrid meeting format will return the normal interaction with the public while still offering the convenience of an online option that may be better suited for some Councillors and members of the public.
To facilitate the return to in-person Council meetings, the County is installing physical barriers and furthering measures to ensure physical distancing requirements under the provincial health order are met in the County Council Chambers.
Residents who attend the meeting will be required to wear masks, while Councillors and staff will also be required to wear masks when physical distancing cannot be maintained; all designed to meet compliance with the provincial health order and regulations regarding indoor meetings as outlined by Alberta Health Services. The number of residents that can attend the meeting in person will be limited and the layout for the public gallery will be designed to support individual attendants and cohort groups.
Administration will continue to monitor the situation in terms of provincial health order and regulations regarding the status of in-person Council meetings in the coming months and is committed to providing updates to the community on the situation regarding in-person Council meetings through its communications channels, including the corporate website (mountainviewcounty.com), social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), and the County Connection pullout in the Mountain View Albertan newspaper.