Sacramento City Councilmembers on Aug. 9 will return to in-person Council meetings at City Hall after more than two years of virtual meetings.
Residents will be able to attend Council meetings in person starting Aug. 16. Masks will be required, and the chambers will be kept at half capacity.
“We have been and are continuing to do our very best to balance the fact that COVID continues and in some ways is increasing,” Mayor Darrell Steinberg said at Tuesday’s Council meeting, when the return to chambers was announced. “It’s time, at least slowly, to try to get back to where we were.”
Council meetings will continue to be livestreamed, and residents can make comments either in person or using the Zoom system. The City Clerk’s Office also provides real-time updates of Council meeting actions via its Twitter account.
Media also will be able to attend in person starting Aug. 16. Masks will be required in the media room, which also will operate at half capacity.
City Council meeting have been held virtually since March 2020, following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The County of Sacramento currently does not have a health order in place that prohibits in-person public meetings.
According to the County of Sacramento, the current seven-day average for coronavirus cases in the county is 498 new cases per day.
The City will monitor COVID case rates closely and make any needed adjustments to protect the health and safety of residents, in accordance with any guidance from the Sacramento County Department of Public Health.
“We will adapt week to week depending on COVID cases,” Steinberg said.
You won’t see @TheCityofSac like this much longer… soon we will be back in chambers.
August 9th council will go back.
The following mtg community will be welcomed back at 50% capacity, with masks required and open chairs between households.
2 and a 1/2 years… wow. pic.twitter.com/sdORcoJ2l2
— Angelique Ashby (@AngeliqueAshby) July 20, 2022