NOTICE OF CHANGES TO COUNCIL MEETINGS BASED ON GOVERNOR’S PROCLAMATION 20-28 TO REDUCE THE SPREAD OF COVID-19
On March 24, 2020, the Governor of the State of Washington adopted Proclamation 20-28 to be in effect until April 23, 2020 and states in part:
FURTHERMORE, based on the above situation and under the provisions of RCW 43.06.220(1)(h), I find that RCW 42.30, as applied to all public agencies statewide, involves the conduct of state business, and to help preserve and maintain life, health, property or the public peace, I hereby amend Proclamation 20-05 to prohibit public agencies as follows:
Any public agency, subject to RCW 42.30, is prohibited from conducting any meeting, subject to RCW 42.30 unless (a) the meeting is not conducted in-person and instead provides an option(s) for the public to attend the proceedings through, at minimum, telephonic access, and may also include other electronic, internet or other means of remote access, and (b) provides the ability for all persons attending the meeting to hear each other at the same time.
Effective immediately and until further notice consistent with any revised proclamations or other orders issued by the Governor, the public will not be permitted to attend Council meetings in person based on the Governor’s April 23, 2020 mandate.
The public will be invited to participate in the Council meetings via electronic and telephone options for which instructions will be a part of agenda distribution and on the City’s social media platforms and website.