The Greensboro City Council held its second hybrid meeting on Tuesday, April 20 and first hybrid business meeting.

The meeting held on the third Tuesday of the month is the one meeting each month where the City Council conducts the business of the city.

The “hybrid” meetings have the City Council and staff in the council chambers, but the public and media are not allowed to attend.  Participation by the public is done virtually, the same as it was during the virtual City Council meetings.

The first hybrid City Council meeting was held on April 6 and was the public forum meeting, with the main purpose being to hear from speakers from the floor who spoke at the meeting virtually.

At the April 20 meeting, for the first time since March the City Council began the meeting with the traditional moment of silence and the Pledge of Allegiance.

The mask wearing at this meeting was also noticeably different from the April 6 meeting.  On April 6, Mayor Nancy Vaughan wore a mask and was constantly taking it off to speak and putting it back on when she wasn’t speaking.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a person should wash their hands or use hand sanitizer before touching their mask. 

But on April 20, Vaughan dispensed with the mask all together, as did Councilmembers Yvonne Johnson, Michelle Kennedy and Nancy Hoffmann.

Councilmember Sharon Hightower started the meeting without a mask but periodically put on a mask during the meeting.

Councilmembers Goldie Wells, Justin Outling, Marikay Abuzuaiter and Tammi Thurm wore masks throughout the meeting even when speaking.

City Manager David Parrish, who is off camera throughout most of the meeting, was not wearing a mask the few times he spoke.

It would appear that a good number of councilmembers are not heeding the advice of Dr. Tony Fauci, the director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases who has advised people to wear masks and social distance even after they have been vaccinated.