Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has extended the executive order allowing public meetings to take place via remote formats.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has extended the executive order allowing public meetings to take place via remote formats.

Several of Monroe County’s local government councils and boards are using Zoom or other video conferencing tools and posting the links on their websites or asking for signups from people who wish to watch and participate. This is among the steps taken to help limit the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Under Executive Order 2020-75, public bodies that are subject to the Open Meetings Act, such as boards, commissions, committees, subcommittees, authorities, councils and nonprofit boards, can use telephone- or video-conferencing methods to conduct business. The expectation is that they  ensure meaningful access and participation by members of the public body and the general public.

The order also temporarily excuses school boards from monthly meeting requirements.

To read this and other executive orders relating to the pandemic, go to Michigan.gov/ Coronavirus.

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