Reynoldsburg City Council voted unanimously March 23 to move its annual recess to April in an effort to fight the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus.

Typically held each August, council's recess is mandated by the city charter, city attorney Chris Shook said.

"As we like to say, better together ... from a distance," councilwoman Kristen Bryant said.

The meeting was livestreamed on Facebook, with residents invited to submit comments via email that were read into the record by the council clerk. Members of council and city officials attending in person had to comply with a temperature check at the door.

Mayor Joe Begeny said the decision to hold the meeting was not an easy one.

"Zoning, the streets program, these are things that would actually cost the city money if they were to be delayed," he said. "We can't afford to miss out on some of these opportunities as a community."

City Hall has closed to the public, and most staff members are working remotely, Begeny said. Mayor's court is closed through April 9. City-sponsored events through early April, including the annual Easter egg hunt, have been canceled.

Begeny also made it clear that, despite neighboring Whitehall enforcing a citywide curfew, there are no plans in Reynoldsburg.

"At this time, the police chief, city attorney and I do not feel that we need to go to a curfew," he said.

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