Beginning Tuesday, June 22, Scottsdale will re-open City Council and other meetings to the public at reduced capacity.
To provide physical distance between meeting participants, audience size for meetings in the City Hall Kiva is limited to 34 seats, which will be available on a first come, first served basis. Overflow seating will be available in the adjacent One Civic Center building, where the audience can watch a video live stream of the meeting.
People can come into City Hall from the overflow room for public comment and as space becomes available. For board and commission meetings held elsewhere, the audience will likewise be reduced based upon the venue size.
While attendance at meetings was restricted, the city developed ways for the public to view meetings live online and comment remotely via telephone. Those options will remain for City Council and board and commission meetings while capacity is reduced.
To sign-up to make a public comment either in-person or via telephone, residents can follow the instructions contained at the top of each particular meeting agenda. Per the city’s pre-pandemic process, Scottsdale citizens may also speak on items that are within the City Council’s jurisdiction but are not on the agenda, with a total of 15 minutes at the beginning and 15 minutes at the end of the meeting dedicated to comment on non-agendized items.
Re-opening meetings at reduced capacity was predicated by the fact that Scottsdale and Maricopa County have dropped into the "moderate" COVID-19 community spread category and maintained it for two consecutive weeks. Limited audience size, physical distancing and barriers will remain in place until Scottsdale and the county return to “low” community transmission.
Meetings have been held remotely since March 2020 due to COVID-19.