Jonesboro city officials announce COVID-19 guidelines as new year set to begin

Jonesboro city officials announce COVID-19 guidelines as new year set to begin
As a new year is set to start, Jonesboro city officials said Thursday that they will keep city operations under guidelines set due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Source: KAIT-TV)

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - As a new year is set to start, Jonesboro city officials said Thursday that they would keep city operations under guidelines set due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to a post on the Jonesboro city Facebook page, incoming Mayor Harold Copenhaver said city council meetings would remain virtual in the coming weeks, and staff who can work from home will be rotated by departments to avoid spreading the virus.

City Remains Under COVID Guidelines as 2021 opens Incoming Mayor Harold Copenhaver has announced that City of Jonesboro...

Posted by City of Jonesboro, AR - Government on Thursday, December 31, 2020

“We will not neglect or delay the work of the City, but it important that we continue to proceed with caution,” Copenhaver said in the media release.

Copenhaver said he plans to work at the Municipal Center offices while department staff will also rotate working from home.

“We will be doing the work of the City, but I am responsible for helping ensure the safety of City employees, as well. Because the coronavirus maintains high levels of contagion in Jonesboro, this is the best practice to serve the public while maintaining safety among City employees,” Copenhaver said.

City meetings can be seen on Facebook Live and Suddenlink Channel 24 while meeting agendas and other information can be found here.

Also, anyone interested in participating in the meetings can call 870-336-7248 or email CouncilComments@jonesboro.org to comment.

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