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The Jefferson City Council will only meet virtually for the month of November.

City leaders said in a Thursday news release they will evaluate whether to continue doing so on a monthly basis.

The November City Council meeting dates are Monday and Nov. 16.

Call-in information for public participation will be listed on the council meeting agenda, which can be found on the homepage of the city's website, JeffersonCityMo.gov. The virtual meetings are available to view on the city's website, YouTube channel and "City of Jefferson, Missouri" Facebook page.

Mayor Carrie Tergin encouraged residents to meet virtually when possible because of the importance of physical distancing to prevent spread of COVID-19.

"We continue to be unified in sharing the message that was shared in the Cole County Health Department press release dated Oct. 20, which states the importance of taking all precautions, including distancing, wear masks, stay home if sick, wash hands and don't touch your face," Tergin said in the news release.

"We also support the health department's recommendation to avoid social gatherings that bring together 25 people or more," Tergin concluded. "Although government operations are not considered a social gathering, we realize that the number in the room can easily exceed 25 people for a long period of time and impact the ability to distance. We hope others will follow our example and avoid group gatherings."

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