Comox town hall. Black Press file photo

Comox to resume modified in-person council meetings and public hearings

Comox council will resume with modified in-person council meetings and public hearings, effective Sept. 9.

Since April 1, 2020, council has been conducting meetings electronically, via Zoom, without public in-person attendance, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In accordance with Phase 3 of B.C.’s Restart Plan, the hybrid in-person meetings will allow members of the public to attend council meetings and public hearings to a maximum of 50 people or 50 per cent seating capacity of the venue, excluding council members and staff. As before, council chambers will host council meetings and smaller public hearings, while larger public hearings will be held at the d’Esterre Seniors Centre.

“It has been and continues to be a priority of council to ensure openness, transparency, and accessibility to the public throughout these challenging times. I believe returning to reduced in-person attendance, while continuing to offer live streaming options, provides even more opportunities for important engagement from our residents, businesses and stakeholders,” said Mayor Russ Arnott.

Ministerial orders are set to expire on Sept. 28, and further adjustments will be considered relative to the status and guidance of Step 4 of B.C.’s Restart Plan.

To view agendas and instructions for participating in council meetings or public hearings, including accessing the YouTube link, visit comox.ca/council-meetings or comox.ca/virtual-public-hearings