Gilbert issues COVID-19 proclamation, calls for meeting via teleconference


CORDOVA — Mayor Drew Gilbert issued a proclamation on Monday that limits access to City Hall and other city-owned properties during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Gilbert also directed that the meeting scheduled to be held on Tuesday night be held as a telephone conference.  

Monday's proclamation bars certain individuals from entering or remaining at City Hall, the fire department, the National Guard Amory and all public parks in addition to any other facility owned by the city.

The ban extends to persons who have traveled in the past 14 days to a long list of countries identified by the Centers for Disease Control as subject to a Level 3 Travel Health Notice. The list includes countries such as China, Italy and the United Kingdom.

The ban also includes person who reside or have been in close contact with someone who has traveled in one of the countries named; persons who have been asked to self-quarantine by a doctor, hospital or health agency; persons who have been diagnosed with or had contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 and persons who have a fever of 100.4 or higher, a cough, are having trouble breathing or are obviously unwell.

The general public will not be allowed to enter City Hall without an appointment. Conducting business by telephone, email, online or by mail is preferred to making appointments.

Those who enter City Hall or are waiting outside are asked to use social distancing by staying at least six feet apart from other individuals.

Tuesday's council meeting will be conducted through LoopUp at its normal time, 6:30 p.m. The meeting is being held to discuss a possible ordinance to provide for an emergency to the COVID-19 outbreak as well as limited business necessary to perform essential minimum functions such as approving minutes and paying bills. 

Public comments will not be allowed. 

The meeting can be accessed at 6:30 p.m. at LoopUp will dial each person who signs up to attend. 

For those without Internet access, the meeting can be accessed by calling 1-312-212-3078 and entering the dial-in code 2345889#.

A summary of the meeting will be posted no less than 12 hours after the meeting concludes in a prominent location on the city's website. 

In a proclamation issued on Wednesday, March, 18, Gov. Kay Ivey allowed government meetings to take place via teleconference or video conference is the meeting is necessary to respond to COVID-19 or perform essential minimum functions.

Under normal circumstances, the Open Meetings Act requires that a quorum be present in a physical location if a meeting is held via teleconference.

Ivey's proclamation encouraged city officials to allow members of the public to listen, observe and participate in the meeting to the maximum extent possible.