Out of an abundance of caution for the health and welfare of Denver citizens, starting Monday, July 13, Denver City Council meetings will be virtual. It is important that council members continue to conduct city business while providing a safe space for all who want to participate.
On July 2, Denver Public Health Administrator Bob McDonald issued his recommendation to City leadership saying, “Starting today and through the end of the Covid-19 emergency, I am recommending that city leadership work with the chairs of City Council, Council committees, and boards and commissions to determine when extenuating circumstances exist and technology promotes public participation in a manner that will decrease the risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19.” Currently, Colorado is experiencing an increase in COVID-19 cases. The City and County of Denver has the most recorded cases and the most deaths in the state.
“Following the guidance of Denver’s top health official, City Council will be conducting its meetings via a virtual platform,” said Council President Jolon Clark. “Virtual participation will allow voices to be heard while allowing for maximum safety in a time of pandemic.”
In order to ensure that Council can adhere to the State guidelines for public safety, meetings will be conducted virtually, with publicly posted links to join for periods of general public comment, required public hearings and to observe council business.
In these times of social change, it is critical that members of the public have more opportunities to be heard by leaders at all levels of government. Council members are committed to public engagement and have set aside additional time to hold virtual listening sessions (Zoom links to follow) with the people of Denver. These sessions will be held:
- July 30 (Thursday) from 6-7 p.m.
- August 10 (Monday) from noon-1 p.m.
- August 22 (Saturday) from 10-11 a.m.
“Council members are committed to creating more opportunities to hear from the public and these first three listening sessions are just the beginning,” said Council President Pro Tem Stacie Gilmore. “We look forward to working together with the community to expand the opportunity for input, especially as we move into the 2021 budget process.”
Worldwide, 12 million people have been infected with COVID-19, including 3 million people in the U.S. The global death toll is 550,300, including 132,300 in the U.S. Statewide, there have been at least 35,185 cases of coronavirus, according to The New York Times database. The current statewide death toll from the virus stands at 1,707. In Denver, there have been 290 deaths.
For links to the meetings and to sign up for public participation, visit www.denvergov.org/CouncilPublicInput.