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Surging COVID cases push Bloomington city meetings online

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Bloomington City Council and other meetings will move mostly online in January because of the recent surge in COVID-19 cases.

The record surge in COVID cases is prompting the City of Bloomington to move council and other meetings mostly online for the month of January.

Mayor Mboka Mwilambwe and Mayor Pro Tem Jamie Mathy said it is not practical or prudent to hold in-person meetings at this time. City council meetings will be in a hybrid format with some public officials present, but no more than 10 members of the public in the council chambers at City Hall. The public can participate via Zoom through the end of the month unless the mayor revokes the shift.

For city council meetings, individuals wishing to provide public comment must email them to publiccomment@cityblm.org at least 15 minutes before the start of the meeting. People wanting to speak in-person or remotely can register at cityblm.org/register at least 5 minutes before the start of the meeting for in-person public comment and at least 15 minutes before the start of the meeting for remote public comment.

The order also is contingent on renewal of Gov. JB Pritzker's disaster proclamation, according to a city news release.

The meetings will continue to be streamed on the city's You Tube channel.

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