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Council meetings closed to public due to provincial health order

Recent provincial orders require that, effective immediately, local governments, including the City of Prince George, once again restrict members of the public from attending meetings of council in person.

On December 2, the Provincial Health Officer released an Order regarding Gatherings and Events. Late Friday, the province provided further guidance to clarify that the order requires local governments to change how meetings and public hearings are conducted. The provincial guidance also further confirms elected officials’ ability to attend meetings through electronic mediums such as video and teleconferencing if they wish.  

Consequently, while Monday’s council meeting and the meeting of the Finance and Audit Committee are proceeding as scheduled, members of the public, including the media, may not attend in-person.

However, public meetings of council will continue to be live-streamed via the city website: www.princegeorge.ca/council. Open meetings of the finance and audit committee, including Monday’s meeting, will now also be live streamed.

The implementation of the new order will affect the agenda of Monday’s council meeting. The Celebrating Success item involving the Lheidli T’enneh Respectful Acknowledgement Ceremony, and the formal public hearing (Item F.1) must now be rescheduled.

Further information about the City of Prince George’s initiatives and activities relating to Covid-19 can be found at www.princegeorge.ca/covid19.

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