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File #: ORD. 2020-093    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Ordinance Status: Adopted
File created: 4/2/2020 In control: City Council
On agenda: 4/9/2020 Final action: 4/9/2020
Title: To assure the continuity of government during the disaster resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic by modifying the practices and procedures of public bodies to permit electronic meetings as authorized by Va. Code ? 15.2-1413.
Patrons: President Newbille
Attachments: 1. Ord. No. 2020-093
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To assure the continuity of government during the disaster resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic by modifying the practices and procedures of public bodies to permit electronic meetings as authorized by Va. Code ? 15.2-1413.
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WHEREAS, on January 31, 2020, the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services determined pursuant to section 319 of the Public Health Service Act, 42 U.S.C. ? 247d (2018), that a public health emergency exists as a result of confirmed cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus; and
WHEREAS, on March 12, 2020, the Governor of Virginia issued Executive Order No. 51 (2020) declaring pursuant to sections 44-146.17 and 44-75.1 of the Code of Virginia (1950), as amended, that a state of emergency exists as a result of the spread of COVID-19, a disease caused by this coronavirus; and
WHEREAS, Executive Order No. 51 (2020) acknowledges that COVID-19 is a communicable disease of public health threat and that its anticipated effects constitute a disaster as described in section 44-146.16 of the Code of Virginia (1950), as amended, and orders the implementation of the Virginia Emergency Operations Plan, the activation of the Virginia Emergency Operations Plan to coordinate the provision of assistance to local governments, and authorization for state executive branch agencies to "waive any statute or regulation" as appropriate; and
WHEREAS, on March 13, 2020, pursuant to section 201 of the National Emergencies Act, 50 U.S.C. ? 1621 (2018), and section 501(b) of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. ? 5191 (2018), the President of the United States of America declared a national emergency as a result of the spread of COVID-19; and
WHEREAS, the Mayor of the City of Richmond, as the City's Director of Emergency Management, declared a local emergency pursuant to section 44-146.21(A) of the Code of Virginia (1950), as amended, as a result of the spread of COVID-19; and
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