It was time to say goodbye to the tablets, laptops and living room chairs for Flin Flon city council. Councillors made their return to City Hall June 16 after several weeks of meeting exclusively online.
Once City Hall was reopened to members of the public, councillors followed suit.
“I’d like to welcome everybody back to our first step in determining what the new normal might look like - welcome, everybody,” said Mayor Cal Huntley as he began the meeting.
City council began using the online meeting app Zoom in March to hold meetings when COVID-19 began spreading across Canada. With provincial restrictions on public meetings beginning to loosen up and no cases found in northern Manitoba in two and a half months, council members deemed it suitable to come back to the council table - albeit while sitting at least six feet apart due to social distancing.
“It’s nice to sit face-to-face again. Zoom was great when we needed it, but it’s better to be back here in person again,” said councillor Colleen Arnold.
Councillor Karen MacKinnon added people should not get complacent during the outbreak.
“We have to remember it’s not over yet. I know I’m seeing people relax a fair bit, I’ve relaxed a fair bit, but at the same time, we should not relax completely,” said MacKinnon.