Durham County Council has announced changes to its live streaming of meetings in line with the national coronavirus situation.
With the gradual easing of virus restrictions nationally over recent months increasing the opportunity for members of the public and press to attend meetings in person, Durham County Council will as of 1 March be returning to live streaming only certain meetings.
Meetings of full council, Cabinet and the county planning committee will continue to be live streamed. Other meetings may be streamed in exceptional circumstances and in such cases notification of this will be provided on agendas.
For all meetings which are live streamed, members of the public and press are encouraged to follow proceedings online rather than attend in-person, though there will be limited spaces available to accommodate those that do want to attend. This also applies to county councillors for committees on which they do not serve and is in the interests of minimising attendance and reducing the risk of transmission.
Council meetings have continued to be held in person in recent months, in line with government guidance.
Appropriate measures have been in place at all to reduce risk of transmission of coronavirus.
Such measures will continue to be implemented in the interests of public safety.
These include limiting numbers of space available for members of the public and press, and county councillors for meetings of committees on which they do not serve.
People are asked to register in advance if they wish to attend by emailing email@example.com. Places will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.
Details of all meetings and agendas are published on the council’s website at https://democracy.durham.gov.uk/mgCalendarMonthView.aspx?bcr=1
All meetings that are streamed are available to be viewed on the council’s YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/DurhamCouncil