“We will certainly cancel many meetings that are not necessary, but some of our town government’s responsibility to our residents must move forward,” Jonesborough Mayor Chuck Vest said. “We are developing contingencies now to safely hold our March 24 BMA meeting.”
What this means: Jonesborough will likely become the latest local government to cancel government meetings in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Though non-essential meetings will be canceled, the Board of Mayor and Alderman is still expected to meet March 24. Vest said the town is working on making the meeting available to the public via Facebook Live or YouTube live so “people don’t feel obligated to attend” in person.
Going forward, Vest said the board “will evaluate the need” to hold its April meeting, scheduled for April 13, as well as those going forward.
On Monday, President Donald Trump recommended all gatherings be limited to 10 people. Events of more than 10 people “should be canceled or held virtually,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Typically, Jonesborough meetings bring about two dozen people to Town Hall.
There’s more: Washington County has canceled all government meetings in March, including a scheduled County Commission meeting on March 23.