Do you anticipate the need for emergency legislation from Richmond to loosen the existing restrictions on elected officials participating remotely in meetings?

(Posted 3/10/20): The Board of Supervisors’ Adopted Rules of Order (Section XIX) provides for remote participation in Board meetings as permitted by the Code of Virginia § 2.2-3708.2. Any individual member may participate from a remote location only if a quorum (5 members) of the Board is physically assembled at the primary or central meeting location, and the Board has made arrangements for the voice of the remote participant to be heard by all persons at the primary or central meeting location. The Rules of Order and law provide other stipulations regarding remote participation, including notice requirements, minute recordation, and limitations on frequency.

Further, the Code of Virginia §2.2-3708.2(A)(3) authorizes a public body to meet by electronic communication without a quorum being physically assembled when the Governor has declared a state of emergency (in accordance with § 44-146.17) provided that the declared emergency makes it impracticable or unsafe to assemble a quorum in a single location and the purpose of the meeting is to address the emergency.

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1. Should county employees be required to wear protective gloves?
2. Based on what we’re seeing around the world and in the impacted states in this country, do you recommend the county declare a state of emergency? At what point?
3. Do you anticipate the need for emergency legislation from Richmond to loosen the existing restrictions on elected officials participating remotely in meetings?
4. What disinfection schedule are you recommending for county and town facilities? Given the experience of some stores on the west coast, are we apt to face shortages of disinfectant?
5. Have you estimated how much the county should be prepared to spend to accomplish this, if necessary?
6. Do you recommend the county set aside millions of dollars for emergency preparedness during this budget cycle?
7. What steps are we taking to ensure our first responders, especially our ambulance crews, do not contract the virus from patients they’re transporting?
8. What if a county employee has COVID 19 symptoms but does not have enough sick leave to remain home?
9. What can we expect from the Loudoun courts schedule regarding coronavirus?
10. What local agencies service our at-risk populations who may not be provided with meals should there be a school closure? What are their needs to be able to continue providing services?