Huntington Beach

More “Zoom” council meetings

MEETINGS of the Huntington Beach City Council will continue to be held virtually. Two members of the council have expressed objections to wearing masks if the meetings were held in person in the council chambers (Shutterstock).

Virtual meetings of the Huntington Beach City Council will continue for a while after two members of the council expressed their objections to wearing masks.

The council had a special meeting Monday evening to consider opening meetings to the public and convening in the council chambers instead of continuing to hold the sessions “virtually” via Zoom teleconference.

Councilmember Erik Peterson was absent from the meeting and Mayor Pro Tem Tito Ortiz was present, but left before a vote “due to a previous commitment.” Both have expressed their opposition to wearing face coverings as a public health measure to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

As Orange County moves into the “orange” or moderate tier established by the California Department of Public Health, as many as 50 members of the public could be present in the council chamber, socially distanced.

Faced with the prospect of having to confront two members of the council violating their policy, the council voted 5-0 in favor of continuing to hold the meetings virtually until guidelines from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention no longer include a face-covering requirement.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the city council will be on Monday, April 5, again held virtually.

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