City meetings move back to The Auditorium
Starting June 1, the majority of Eureka Springs city meetings will be held at The Auditorium. The meetings have been held under established COVID-19 protocol since March 24, with the meetings live streamed on Channel 21 and Youtube.
The meetings will now be held in The Aud proper rather than in the lobby area to allow members of the press and public to attend with ample space for social distancing for all. Everyone must follow strict protocol, including:
• The audience is limited to 50 or fewer people
• Face coverings must be worn at all times except for children 10 and under
• Hand sanitizer will be available at the entrance and exits
• You must sit at least six feet apart
• Every other row of seating will be unoccupied
• Do not enter if you have a fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat or a recent loss of taste or have had exposure to someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days
• You may wish to refrain from entering if you are 65 years of age or older with underlying health conditions including high blood pressure, chronic lung disease, diabetes, sever obesity, asthma or weakened immunity
• You will be required to sign the log-in sheet upon entry to The Auditorium
City meetings will no longer be live streamed to either Channel 21 or Youtube. As always, a DVD or an audio recording of any public meeting will be available upon request. It costs $0.75 per recording.
Additionally, the Eureka Springs City Council has established new protocol for public comments at the council’s regular meetings. The new protocol includes submitting public comments in writing to the mayor’s office by no later than 4 p.m. the day of the meeting. Submitted public comments will be read into the record during the regular meeting by either the mayor or city clerk if the person submitting the question is present at the meeting.
If various commissions choose to have public comments heard during their proceedings, the comments will be submitted the same way and read at the table by a member of the commission. This change in public comments is meant to circumvent using one microphone among many individuals without the opportunity to sanitize the surface between uses.