If you’ve been upset for the past year and three months that you haven’t been able to attend a Guilford County Board of Commissioners meeting in person – well, now’s your chance.  On Monday, May 17, the county announced that the board’s meeting on Thursday, May 20 will be open for in-person attendance for a maximum of 25 people. 

The large meeting room on the second floor of the Old Guilford County Court House holds several hundred people comfortably – however, the county wants to open up the meetings in baby steps now that the COVID-19 pandemic is subsiding.

For those who wish to attend the meeting virtually or speak to the commissioners over the phone, those options are still available.

There’s a fairly light agenda for the May 20 meeting – but, as always with the Guilford County Board of Commissioners, things can get exciting on the spur of a moment.

 At the meeting, the board will honor the state-champion Grimsley Whirlies football team, hear updates on the COVID-19 pandemic and the county’s response to it, and conduct some other fairly routine county business.

When the pandemic first hit Guilford County in March of 2020, the Board of Commissioners began excluding people, including media, from attending in person.  Later in 2020, that rule loosened up and the county began allowing reporters in, as well as some others in special circumstances.

In recent months, the audience at meetings has begun to grow, with more county staff attending, as well as more special guests – such as those being honored by a resolution.  Now, with the COVID-19 numbers in the community being much lower, the county will allow up to 25 people in the room, provided they register in advance.

People can request to attend the meeting in person by contacting Guilford County Deputy Clerk to the Board Ariane Webb at awebb@guilfordcountync.gov no later than 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 19.

 Ask fast if you want to attend: Registration for in-person attendance will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Those attending should arrive at the meeting room no earlier than 5 p.m. on Thursday.

People can also watch or listen to the meeting by visiting the GoToWebinar platform using a computer, tablet or smartphone at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/208489809686127119 or by viewing the live stream from the Guilford County Meetings and Minutes website at https://guilford.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx. (Click on the video link for the May 20, 2021 meeting.)

People can also, as always, watch the meeting on the Greensboro Television Network (GTN) – available on Spectrum Channel 13, NorthState Channel 31 and AT&T U-verse channel 99.