Cheshire East Council has announced its cabinet is to meet via a virtual meeting in order to continue business during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Council will meet online for the first time on 5th May to ensure council business progresses, despite social distancing restrictions and the council’s efforts in combating the impact of the disease.
The first virtual cabinet meeting will ensure that things are ‘business as usual’ as much as possible, and that necessary decisions can still be taken for residents.
New regulations have come into force allowing councillors to take part and vote in virtual meetings during social distancing restrictions without the need to be physically present. Cabinet members will log in, via computer, into a virtual video meeting, supported by senior officers.
As in traditional cabinet meetings, members of the public, press and other councillors and officers will have access to view or listen to the meeting virtually, either dialling in or using Microsoft Teams.
Members of the public wishing to ask questions of cabinet members will still be able to do so, as would be done in a physical meeting. Questions must be pre-registered and given three working days’ notice in writing.
Further details of how to attend and submit questions is available from the Cheshire East Council website.