Abbotsford shuts city hall, postpones public hearings due to COVID-19

Council meetings will continue, but public can only watch online, not in person

The City of Abbotsford will close upcoming council meetings to the public and postpone all public hearings and committee meetings due to the spread of COVID-19.

The city announced Wednesday afternoon that it was closing all its facilities to the public. The city had already announced the closure of recreation centres earlier in the week, but on Wednesday (March 18) it announced that city hall, the public works yard and the front counters at fire halls would also be closed as of 4:30 p.m.

Council meetings will continue, but residents will only be able to watch online, rather than in person. The next council meeting is set for Monday, March 23.

Online, phone and virtual services will continue operating. And the city is setting up a dedicated phone number (604-504-4044) from which, beginning Thursday (March 19), residents and business owners can get answers to questions about services only previously available in person.

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