Champaign mayor declares local emergency

By Samantha Boyle, News Editor

Champaign Mayor Deborah Frank Feinen issued an executive order Thursday declaring a local emergency in the City of Champaign regarding the coronavirus, according to a Champaign press release.

The emergency is set for a limited period of time and is declared because of the anticipated widespread impacts on the health of the community.

At 9:30 a.m. Friday, the Champaign City Council will hold a Special Emergency Meeting to consider passing an ordinance related to the executive order.

“If passed, the Ordinance would provide the City increased flexibility in many different areas to allow the City to continue to function effectively during emergency operations,” the press release stated.

Some areas include:

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    • City Council meetings
    • Meetings of boards and commissions
    • Gatherings and licensed activities
    • Purchases
    • Personnel policies
    • Bargaining units
    • City facilities
    • Ordinance violations
    • Amounts due and owing the city
    • Other emergency powers as outlined in the municipal code

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