Thurrock Council will take advantage of video conferencing technology to enable certain council meetings to take place while ensuring social distancing rules are strictly followed.
Meetings will be held either:
- completely virtually, with all councillors 'dialling-in' on video conferencing software
- hybrid, with some councillors in the room – sitting 2 metres apart – while others join online
- entirely in the Council Chamber, when participant numbers are small enough to allow social distancing
Members of the public will be able to view all meetings as they are streamed live online but will not be able to attend in person.
Leader of Thurrock Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill, said: "I am pleased to announce that a solution to holding meetings while observing social distancing has been found and implemented in time for us to follow our normal municipal calendar of meetings.
"It was vital that a solution was found that allowed for meetings to take place in a way which is safe for councillors and council officers but is also open and transparent for residents."
Details about each meeting and how the public and press can view meetings can be found at on the calendar of meetings. Information about how meetings will be conducted, and how residents can watch proceedings, is provided on the front sheet of the agenda for each meeting.
Arrangements for larger meetings like full Council are still being finalised and will be communicated nearer the date of the meeting.