CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Mayor Lightfoot announced Tuesday that the City of Chicago will postpone its previously scheduled March 18 City Council meeting to a later date.
The postponement comes as Governor Pritzker announced Monday new guidelines on limiting gatherings and executive action from Pritzker providing new flexibility in government meetings without in-person attendance. City officials will work with members of the City Council to determine the most efficient manner to proceed on policymaking and to ensure continuity of city services and operations in the coming weeks and months, Mayor Lightfoot said in a statement.
“During these unprecedented times we cannot proceed with business as usual when the health and welfare of our residents and communities are at risk,” said Mayor Lightfoot, in a statement. “After consulting with public health officials and colleagues in the City Council, we made the difficult decision to postpone our March meeting for several weeks while the City develops a procedure for the Council to meet electronically pursuant to the Governor’s executive action. I am fully committed to working with our City Council to develop a plan for proceeding on key legislation and approvals that our communities are counting on while we combat COVID-19. These are trying times, but we are all in this together.”
Mayor Lightfoot will take several emergency executive actions over the next few days to allow for the continuance of government before the next City Council meeting.
To ensure the City’s compliance with the state mandate on large gatherings, the City will begin to reduce access to City Hall to personnel only for the coming weeks. The City side of the building, 121 N. LaSalle, will be closed to the public on floors that do not provide public services, open only to staff, according to Mayor Lightfoot. City officials will provide guidance to employees on how to conduct business and meetings in a way that observes social distancing and other techniques to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The health and wellness of all Chicagoans remains Mayor Lightfoot’s top concern as the City collectively navigates the uncharted territory of COVID-19.
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