You still can’t come to the Guilford County Board of Commissioners meeting, but the fact that it’s being held in the board’s regular meeting room in the Old Guilford County Court House – rather than entirely online – is a welcome sign of a trend back to normalcy in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The commissioners are dealing with a host of issues that are important to the future of Guilford County, so even citizens who won’t be allowed in the building should consider watching.

A meeting announcement from the county this week stated that Guilford County officials were still committed to open meetings and transparent government – even if county citizens can’t be in the room with them.

The county announced: “To ensure the safety of our community and staff, and in compliance with the State of North Carolina Stay-At-Home order, the next regular meeting of the Board scheduled for Thursday, September 3, 2020 at 5:30 PM in the Commissioners’ Chambers located on the 2nd Floor of the Old County Courthouse, 301 W. Market St., Greensboro, NC will be open for citizen participation through the virtual platform, GoToWebinar.”

That statement is followed by the all caps message that: MEETING ROOM WILL NOT BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

As the board has done in the past during the pandemic, there will be limited media members and limited staff allowed in the large meeting room that will have been wiped down and sanitized.

On Thursday, Aug. 27, the board had a highly interesting multi-topic virtual work session that touched on federal COVID-19 relief money, voting by mail issues and a coming school bond referendum and sales tax referendum that will be on the ballot in November. Some of those topics will no doubt come up again at the September meeting.

Citizens may watch and/or listen to the meeting by using a smart phone or other type of computer and using GoToWebinar platform with computer, tablet or smartphone at

To simply hear the meeting, call 1-415-930-5321 shortly before the start time, and use access code 988-936-488.

Want-to-be viewers can also watch the live broadcast of the meeting on Greensboro Television Network (GTN), which is available on Spectrum Channel 13, NorthState Channel 31 and AT&T U-verse channel 99.