(Des Moines, Iowa) -- The Des Moines City Council is resuming in-person meetings after 15 months of meeting over Zoom.
The city council will hold its first in-person meeting on June 14th, after not having met in-person since March 9th of last year. There will be new security precautions in place, including a new start time, changes in capacity, and security checks for people in attendance.
The full list of changes includes:
- Council meetings will start at 5 p.m. rather than 4:30 p.m.
- City Hall will close at 4 p.m. to allow for a security sweep of the building
- Building will reopen at 4:30 p.m. – public may enter in the center doors on the east side of City Hall or through doors on the west side (an accessible entrance)
- Those attending Council meetings will pass through a security check and metal detector before proceeding to second floor
- As a precautionary health measure, occupancy in Council chambers will be safely limited to 25 members of the public at any one time
- The Great Hall on the second floor will serve as an overflow/staging area for those addressing Council
- TV and computer monitors will provide a broadcast of the meeting for the overflow crowd
- Face coverings are not required for those vaccinated, unvaccinated visitors are strongly encouraged to wear them