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Council meetings re-opening to the public

Starting on June 28, regular Prince George city council will open once again to members of the public. However, meetings will not yet be “back to normal” as steps remain in place to ensure physical distancing to protect the health and safety of council, staff, and members of the public in adherence with the City’s Covid-19 Safety Plan and Provincial Health Orders.

Phase 2 of the Provincial Restart Plan prescribes a maximum number of 50 people for indoor seated gatherings and the occupancy limits of meeting rooms include all elected officials, staff members, and members of the public (including media) present at a meeting. In addition, physical distancing signs will remain in place on chairs in council chambers to keep attendees separated by two metres, which further limits seating in the gallery. The city has established an “overflow room” in the second floor conference room, next door to council chambers, where the public can watch the meeting live on television.

The city anticipates a phased resumption of pre-pandemic processes and protocols as they relate to public meetings to take place in step with the BC Restart Plan. Therefore, the city of Prince George will also be transitioning to limited in-person public attendance at in-person public hearings and committee/board meetings, while still adhering to the city’s COVID-19 Safety Plan and the protocols established by the order of the Provincial Health Officer. Options for participation during public hearings now include in-person, phone, and/or written submission. Currently, the city is continuing to hold electronic meetings and electronic hearings.

While council meetings have been closed to the public due to the pandemic since December 5, the city has continued to provide its live video stream of open council meetings on the city website. 

June 28 Council Meeting

Council will consider the 2020 Annual Report at its June 28 regular meeting. The annual report is available for review by the public on the city’s website and paper copies are available for review Monday to Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the Service Centre on the first floor of City Hall.

The city is providing an opportunity for members of the public who wish to present submissions or ask questions about the annual report during the meeting to attend in-person or via telephone. More information and instructions regarding written submissions and phone participation are available on the city website: www.princegeorge.ca/annualreport

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