Washougal closes meetings to public

The city of Washougal has announced that its council meetings will be closed to the public for the foreseeable future in response to the spread of COVID-19.

City staff members and councilors will participate in their workshops, which begin at 5 p.m., and council meetings, which start at 7 p.m, via conference call. The changes will take effect with tonight’s scheduled sessions.

Closing the meetings will “comply with Governor Inslee’s order regarding social distancing,” according to a news release issued by the city.

A livestream of the workshops and meetings can be viewed at cityofwashougal.us/129/Agendas-Minutes. Public comments can be submitted to publiccomments@cityofwashougal.us.

“As the city adjusts to these changes, public participation in city meetings will continue,” the news release states. “However, the format may change. The council encourages the public to continue checking the city’s website for updates on how to participate and listen or view public meetings.”

More information regarding council meetings is available at cityofwashougal.us/129/Agendas-Minutes. Information on the city’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic is available at cityofwashougal.us.

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