Harrisonburg Council, other public bodies to resume meeting virtually starting Wednesday

Published: Jan. 11, 2022 at 3:14 PM EST
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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) - Interim City Manager Ande Banks has declared a local emergency which allows Harrisonburg City Council and other public bodies to resume meeting virtually due to the increase in COVID-19 cases in the area, according to a city press release.

At Tuesday night’s Harrisonburg City Council meeting, the board unanimously voted in favor of this local emergency.

Now the Declaration will go into effect the morning of Wednesday, Jan. 12. The order is expected to remain in place for 30 to 45 days.

“Given the tremendous spike, we thought it would be unwise, almost foolish, to gather people in this room for these board meetings,” City Attorney Chris Brown said at Tuesday night’s meeting.

All meetings of City Council and other City of Harrisonburg public bodies, including the Planning Commission, will be moved to a virtual format.

Meetings will continue to be streamed at the City’s website and on the local Public Education Government Channel 3.

The public can take part in City Council meetings by calling in during public comment periods at 540-437-2687. Residents also may provide comment prior to the meeting by clicking here.

This order is expected to remain in place for a period of 30-45 days. Harrisonburg has seen a dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases this month, with at least 1,112 confirmed cases since Jan. 1. This number does not include any cases confirmed by take-home COVID-19 tests.

All residents are urged to receive their COVID-19 vaccination or booster shot, and to wear masks when in the presence of another in public. To find a local vaccination clinic, click here.

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