3.13.20 – Mayor Gardner’s Letter to the City Council

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.