City of Jonesboro operations will remain under guidelines enacted because of the COVID-19 pandemic through the holidays, as cases of the coronavirus continue to spike.
Mayor Harold Perrin and Mayor-elect Harold Copenhaver both have ordered meetings of City Council to remain virtual in coming weeks, and City departments will rotate staff who can work from home to prevent spread within departments.
The order will affect Tuesday’s meetings of the Finance Committee and MAPC, as well as all Council committees and the full City Council meeting of Jan. 5.
“We will proceed with caution,” said Mayor-elect Harold Copenhaver, whose administration takes over Jan. 1. “I certainly plan to do as much City business as possible in my physical office, as I consider it a safe environment. But as the coronavirus has not abated in Jonesboro, I don’t want to expose staffers unnecessarily and certainly will extend Mayor Perrin’s order until we see improvement.”
Thursday was the city’s first day of more than 1,000 active cases reported in Craighead County. Both Perrin and Copenhaver ask residents to continue to practice social distancing and masking, as well as other recommended strategies, through the holiday season.
“It’s critical,” Perrin said. “Our hospital staffs are overburdened, and too many of our loved ones are suffering already. We have to get control of this pandemic in Jonesboro.”
All City meetings continue to be broadcast on FacebookLive and Suddenlink Channel 24, or by going online to Jonesboro.Legistar.com and choosing the appropriate meeting to watch live or recorded video and view agendas.