Changes to full council meeting announced
Essex County Council’s full council meeting on Tuesday 7th December will take a revised format to limit the potential spread of Covid-19. On the advice of Dr Mike Gogarty, Director of Public Health for Essex, ECC’s political groups have agreed there will be a reduced agenda at the meeting. Attendance will also be limited so social distancing can take place in the Council Chamber.
The changes have been agreed due to the emergence of the omicron variant of Covid-19, one case of which has currently been identified in Essex. It has been agreed between the political groups to reduce attendance in the chamber in a politically proportionate way so as not to disturb the balance of the meeting.
Councillors who are not in attendance will be able to attend and address the meeting virtually, but will not be able to vote.
The agenda of the meeting will also be limited. Motions will not be debate and ECC’s newly appointed Honorary Aldermen and Alderwomen will no longer attend. Both will now take place at a meeting next year.
Members who are attending are being asked to take extra precautions such as completing lateral flow tests, wearing face coverings and maintaining a two metre social distance whilst inside County Hall.
Other meetings at Essex County Council are already run on a two-metre social distanced basis. It is not anticipated any other changes will be necessary, however, the situation will remain under review.
The full agenda and meeting documents are available at the ECC website.
Residents can watch the meeting at the ECC Democracy YouTube page.