Brief discussion on in-person vs. remote vs. hybrid council meetings.

So far not a fan of hybrid, bc I can't hear half the people.
Yates: I feel somewhat strongly that I don't want some council members are virtual and some in person.
Only caught about half of what he's saying bc the sound sucks.
"I'm a little hard pressed to see the benefits of an in-person council when we don't have members of the public" here, Wallach says.
Wallach: "It also seems incongruous for us to come together and tell members of the community to stay apart."
Friend: "It's much easier to have hard discussions when we can look each other in the eyes and read body language."
Friend: "We all checked our vaccine status. We're wearing masks. I think we're role modeling what the community is supposed to be doing."
Brockett: I do think there is value to in-person. We're. a vaccine-verified event. BUT if any one of us does not feel comfortable, I'm perfectly going fine going back to virtual.
Joseph: "We're not modeling the right thing to the community." Cases are going up. "It just sends the wrong message."
Speer: I have a child at home that's too young to be vaccinated. "This makes me nervous. It makes my husband even more nervous."
It's not just a risk I'm putting on my family, Speer says. It's a risk we're putting on staff here as well. That doesn't feel great.
Benjamin agrees. Also has a kid at home too young to be vaccinated. The "spillover impact" on families when someone gets COVID is not worth it, he says.
Brockett: I don't think this should be a majority vote. We're hearing concerns, we should go back virtual.
Decision is to revisit after the holidays.
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