From: Mayor Jimmie Gardner
To: Prichard City Council
SUBJECT: Prichard City Council – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Community Forum
Ref: (a) Press Release dated March 13, 2020: Prichard City Council COVID-19 Forum
In the reference (a) press release, the Prichard City Council announced that it would be hosting a Community Coronavirus Forum on Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 4:00 PM.
- Under normal circumstance, I would encourage and support the City Council’s desire to invite the community to the A.J. Cooper Municipal Complex to discuss important issues. However, these are not normal circumstances.
- Earlier today, the State of Alabama confirmed its first case of COVID-19 in Montgomery County. Additionally, the President of the United States of American declared a National Emergency to combat the spread of COVID-19.
Given the highly contagious nature of COVID-19 and the rapid expansion of this pandemic, I strongly encourage the Prichard City County to support the “social distancing” mitigation technique advocated by medical professionals at the local, state, and federal levels. With this in mind, I highly recommend that the Prichard City Council modify the event to allow citizens to participate via video conference or cancel the event.