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Posted on: June 4, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Feedback Wanted: CoVID + City parks and rentals - how should we proceed?

COVID-19: City Permitted Mass Gatherings and Mass Gatherings Involving the Rental of City Parks or Facilities

Given the continuing public health threat posed by the COVID-19 virus, on June 15, 2020, the City of Delafield Common Council will consider whether to restrict events specifically permitted by the City of Delafield and events involving the rental of City parks or facilities, to the Waukesha County recommended mass gathering size. The County’s current recommendation is to limit mass gatherings to 50 (updated to 100 people 6/4/2020) people or fewer. The County will reevaluate this recommendation periodically over time, based on the status of area hospitals and other gating criteria. Depending on future evaluations, the County Public Health Division may revise the recommendation and either increase, or decrease the recommended number of people that should socially gather.

With public health and safety as the City’s top priority, the City staff recommendation to the Common Council is expected to be to follow the County recommendations and include permit or rental restrictions requiring compliance with the County recommendation for mass gathering size. However, the expected staff recommendation will likely also include an exception allowing event permit applicants and renters to seek specific Common Council approval for a larger than recommended mass gathering size by presenting the Common Council with a plan that provides for appropriate social distancing, hygiene accommodations, and precautionary measures to safely accommodate the proposed mass gathering size.

The City’s Common Council is interested in hearing from City residents on this topic, in order to make a better informed decision. Residents are encouraged to email their comments to the City Clerk at clerksoffice@ci.delafield.wi.us and those comments will be forwarded to each Council Member prior to the meeting. Please provide your comments by Noon on Friday, June 12, 2020 to ensure that they get forwarded for consideration by the Common Council members.

If you choose to email the common council directly, please do so in the "BCC" line. Including them on the "TO" line may inadvertently lead to a quorum if someone hits "reply all" and this would be a violation of Wisconsin’s Open Meetings Law. Thank you!

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