City Council Meetings to reopen in a hybrid model to allow virtual and limited in-person attendance
Surprise, AZ (September 10, 2020) Beginning September 15, meetings of the Surprise City Council will reopen to limited in-person public participation; while maintaining call-in and email options for those wishing to participate remotely.
City Council Chambers closed to in-person public attendance in March, with virtual participation options made available amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in an effort to help prevent community spread of the disease.
As the city continues to monitor a three-week decline in new positive COVID cases in Surprise, we will reopen City Council Work Sessions, Regular and Special Meetings to in-person public attendance while still adhering to CDC guidelines of gatherings of no more than 50 people assembling in one particular space.
In-person participants will be required to wear a facial covering when entering or exiting the chambers, and if they so choose, may remove them while seated. Seating will be marked to ensure physical distancing of at least six feet of separation from those in attendance.
The same standards will be followed for our traditional televised and web-streamed Planning and Zoning Commission Meetings, beginning September 17 and the Veterans, Disability & Human Services (VDHS) Commission Meetings, beginning October 14.
Public Meeting Guidelines:
- Capacity will be capped at 50 people. This includes staff and the public.
- Face coverings are required per the city’s and county’s ordinances. See the city ordinance at www.surpriseaz.gov/facecoverings.
- Physical distancing measures will be in place. Please ensure you sit or stand at least six feet from people who are not from your household.
- Please stay home if you are feeling sick.
Instructions for each method of virtual comment for City Council, Planning and Zoning and VDHS Commissions are posted within the meeting agendas. View the latest meeting agendas here: www.surpriseaz.gov/agendas
The City of Surprise streams and broadcasts its City Council meetings; Planning and Zoning Commission meetings; and Veterans, Disability and Human Services Commission meetings. To watch live, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cityofsurprise. Cox channel 11 and Century Link channel 8513 also carry the meetings live.
The Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission will resume their open-to-the public meetings in the Council Overflow Room at City Hall beginning with their October 5 meeting. The same capacity and mask requirements remain for these meetings, until further notice.
Future City Boards and Commission meetings and City Council Subcommittee meetings will be moved to their traditional locations and be open to the public, with the same capacity, physical distancing and mask guidelines until further notice.
To see all meeting agendas, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/agendas. For questions about public meetings, please contact the City Clerk at 623.222.1200 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note, due to the unpredictable nature of COVID-19, meeting protocols are subject to change at any time.
City Hall remains closed to the public except for access to public meetings. No date has been determined for the reopening of City Hall. For contact information and instructions on doing city business during this time, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/COVID-19.