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City goes back to virtual public meetings due to rising COVID-19 cases


City of Reno officials today announced the city is going back to virtual meetings. This includes the Jan. 10 meeting on Jacobs Entertainment’s plans for the so-called Neon Line District.

“Based on the recent surge in COVID-19 cases in the community, the City of Reno is limiting in-person meetings to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19,” said spokesperson Matt Brown.

City council and planning commission meetings will still be a hybrid format with online and in-person public comment, but most boards and commissions will meet virtually. 

Brown said the city will ensure all meeting agendas identify a link and directions on how to participate. 

City facilities remain open to the public during normal business hours with masks required.

People wishing to offer public comment at city meetings have the following options:

  • Submit an online public comment form at Reno.Gov/PublicComment.
  • Provide public comment through Zoom. People will need to register in advance using the Zoom link on the meeting’s agenda. 
  • Submit comments to [email protected].
  • Leave a voicemail at 775-393-4499.

Washoe County commission meetings will continue to be open to the public, in person, said Bethany Drysdale, county spokesperson.

Two commissioners at the last county commission meeting said they are no longer going to wear masks, and county officials said their hired security is not enforcing the indoor mask mandate.

UPDATE: This story was updated to include the statement from Washoe County.

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Bob Conrad is publisher, editor and co-founder of This Is Reno. He has served in communications positions for various state agencies and earned a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2011. He is also a part time instructor at UNR.