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Virtual municipal meetings may continue until the end of the year

Unless pandemic restrictions loosen expect to hear 'You're on mute,' for several more months
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Council chambers at North Bay City Hall. Jeff Turl/BayToday.

Unless there is a loosening of the public health measures associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and gatherings North Bay City Council, municipal boards and committees will continue to meet in an online setting until the end of the calendar year.

Council passed a resolution, to that effect, Tuesday, amending the City of North Bay’s procedural by-law, as it also had on July 21, 2020, to allow electronic participation in meetings until December 31, 2020, and later on November 10, 2020, to allow for virtual participation in meetings for members of the local council, boards, and committees until July 31, 2021.

Due to the uncertainty of the current pandemic, the City Clerk's recommendation was to further extend the amendment to December 31.

According to the report, "If during this time it is determined that Council can safely participate in in-person meetings in the Council Chambers, the amendment can be rescinded and in-person Council Meetings may be resumed."