Seating limited in Council chambers due to virus spread

Published 11:20 am Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Fewer seats will be available in the foreseeable future for public meetings in City Council chambers.

Due to the recent increase in the positivity rate of COVID-19 cases, starting Jan. 5, public meetings held in City Council Chamber will have seating limitations due to the need to social distance individuals attending the meetings, according to a city press release send Wednesday morning.

These meetings include those for City Council, Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals, along with other public meetings.

Parties interested in attending the City Council work session or City Council meeting scheduled for this Wednesday should arrive at City Hall as early as possible due to fewer available seats. Members of City Council and city staff that will be in attendance will also adhere to all social distancing recommendations. The Suffolk City Council work session will begin at 4 p.m., with the City Council meeting to follow at 6 p.m.

There will be social distanced overflow seating in the main lobby of Suffolk City Hall, with a live feed of the meeting displayed on the monitors in the lobby. Attendees will still have the ability to participate in public hearings and public comment portions as per usual meeting procedures.

Additionally, in keeping with the CDC recommendations, face coverings are requested for this public indoor setting, the press release stated.

The meeting will be aired live on the Suffolk Municipal Channel (Spectrum Channel 190) and live streamed at http://suffolkva.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?publish_id=2 as well as on the city’s YouTube Channel found at https://www.youtube.com/CityofSuffolkVA.