Late Friday night, town officials called a Saturday meeting to discuss 'additional measures' to prevent community transmission of COVID-19.
Jackson Mayor Pete Muldoon said the purpose of the meeting, set for 11 a.m. Saturday, is twofold: to determine whether, or when, to ban gatherings of 100 or more people, and to make sure the town has its "ducks in a row" for keeping the council operating.
"The state of Utah banned gatherings of over 100 people within the entire state," Muldoon said Friday night. "We're in their region, so it's something we should just have on our radar."
As for keeping the government running, Muldoon said town officials wanted to figure out how to still hold meetings, even if that meant doing so remotely and take public comment if the meeting structure changed.
The mayor said the goal was to make sure "the public's still involved," while "making sure there's not 100 people in a room together." That was the case during Thursday's public meeting about larger county-wide events. Ultimately, those events were canceled, preceding cancelations throughout the day Friday.
He also noted that while the meeting will be public, officials are encouraging people not to come and instead tune in from home.
The last-minute nature of the meeting means the town's usual live stream may not be available, but Muldoon hopes to have videoconferencing set up tomorrow for people to watch, likely Facebook Live. Check back tomorrow for updates.
The meeting will mostly include representatives from town government, but Teton County Board of County Commissioners Chair Natalia D. Macker will also attend as a liaison from the county.
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