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File #: ORD. 2020-183    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Ordinance Status: Adopted
File created: 8/11/2020 In control: City Council
On agenda: 8/20/2020 Final action: 8/20/2020
Title: To extend the expiration date of Ord. No. 2020-093, adopted Apr. 9, 2020, which assures 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, from Sept. 12, 2020, to Dec. 31, 2020.
Patrons: President Newbille
Attachments: 1. Ord. No. 2020-183
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To extend the expiration date of Ord. No. 2020-093, adopted Apr. 9, 2020, which assures 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, from Sept. 12, 2020, to Dec. 31, 2020.

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WHEREAS, it is apparent to the Council of the City of Richmond that the disaster that exists as a result of the effects of COVID-19 is ongoing and that the findings set forth in the penultimate recital of Ordinance No. 2020-093, adopted April 9, 2020, remain valid and are likely to remain valid through at least December 31, 2020; and
WHEREAS, the Council now desires to adopt this ordinance to extend the duration of Ordinance No. 2020-093, adopted April 9, 2020, so that it will expire on December 31, 2020, instead of September 12, 2020, unless extended or rescinded by ordinance adopted by the Council prior to December 31, 2020;
NOW, THEREFORE,
THE CITY OF RICHMOND HEREBY ORDAINS:
I. That Ordinance No. 2020-093, adopted April 9, 2020, be and is hereby amended and ordained as follows:
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 (...

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