Sechelt council voted Sept. 2 to move the venue for in-person attendance of council meetings to the community use room at the municipal hall, while councillors will continue to hold public meetings via a videoconference platform.
Members of the public who attend the community use room will be able to watch the proceedings, which will remain online.
The community use room can accommodate between four and six members of the public with appropriate physical distancing, according to staff. The Seaside Centre on Teredo Street had previously been designated for council meetings.
Staff will also develop plans for larger capacity meetings, in case they’re needed, after it was requested by Coun. Matt McLean.
Coun. Eric Scott also made a motion that all attendees must follow mask-wearing public health protocols and that cleaning protocols be followed.
As of Aug. 7, local government is required through a new provincial health officer order to collect contact information of in-person attendees of council or committee-of-the-whole meetings and retain it for 30 days in case it is needed by a medical health officer for contact tracing.