Update: City Council meetings to reopen to the public in August
Update: August 13, 202013
The mayor of the City of Pointe-Claire, John Belvedere, and the members of City Council are pleased to announce that City Council meetings will reopen to the public on August 18, with additional health measures to be observed due to the pandemic.
This resumption of public council meetings is part of the City’s plan to gradually relaunch activities, which began on June 1 with the reopening of the City Hall multiservice counter. Council meetings have been held virtually since April due to the isolation measures imposed by the Québec government in response to COVID-19.
The additional health guidelines include wearing a mask or face covering and practising physical distancing, as well as restrictions on the room’s maximum capacity, in accordance with the standards set by Public Health authorities.
Under current directives, the Council Chamber can accommodate a maximum of 11 people. Due to this limitation, access to taxpayers and Pointe-Claire residents will be prioritized and we encourage citizens to designate one person per address, per family or per group to represent them at the meeting. These recommendations have been issued exceptionally, given the current pandemic. The maximum capacity may go up or down, depending on instructions from the competent authorities.
All those present in the Council Chamber will be able to ask questions one at a time, during the designated period. Council meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. and the doors of City Hall open at 6:30 p.m. The 11 available spots will be filled on a first come, first served basis.
To give anyone else a chance to ask their questions, the form available for this purpose on the City’s website will be maintained until further notice. The deadline for submitting your questions is noon on the day of the meeting, for an answer the same evening. Council meetings can all be viewed live or at your convenience at the following link: https://www.pointe-claire.ca/en/council-meetings/.
“It’s important to recognize the exemplary conduct of citizens in complying with public health instructions and measures to limit the spread of COVID-19. We are doing this to protect ourselves and others. The new rules will restore face-to-face citizen participation, while limiting the spread of the illness,” Mayor Belvedere said.
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