Town Board Held Meeting to Discuss COVID-19 Next Steps
The Town of Davidson Board of Commissioners held a virtual special meeting on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 6:00 pm through the Zoom virtual platform. The meeting was streamed live on the Town’s YouTube Channel as well. The lone item of business was the town’s COVID-19 response.
With all members of the board virtually present, Assistant Town Manager Karen Whichard and Economic Development Manager Kim Fleming provided an overview brief that can be found on the town web site. Additionally, acting Parks and Recreation Director Leslie Willis briefed the board on options for moving ahead with Town-sponsored summer camps.
While noting the challenges of voting in advance of the formal announcement from the Governor, the Board agreed to stay aligned with the expected transition from Phase 1 to Phase 2 of the state’s COVID-19 plan. They further discussed implementing an aggressive messaging campaign to help remind citizens of the recommendations to minimize the potential transmission of the virus even as businesses in town start to re-open.
The longest discussions of the meeting centered around whether or not to require cloth face masks. Ultimately, the Board decided to strongly recommend the wearing of such masks when social distancing cannot be maintained.
In an effort to help citizens know if a business is requiring the wearing of face masks (by employees and customers) in their establishment, the board adopted a motion to recommend that those businesses display visible signage. The following sample was part of the presentation, but does not represent a final version. In the interim, businesses requiring masks have been asked to make temporary signage to inform customers before they enter an establishment.
Per the draft state plan for Phase 2, restaurants will be limited to 50% seating of their indoor capacity. That limitation may preclude some Davidson restaurants from returning to inside dining, and remain in a curbside service only mode of operation. However, there was discussion about seeking innovative outdoor dining options around town – in sufficient proximity to restaurants to make an outdoor option feasible. Be on the lookout for different, socially-distant dining options in Davidson.
The Board will be back in session next Tuesday night, May 26, for their regularly scheduled meeting.