City Options for Meeting Remotely

Information Memo

Published: October 16, 2021

City Options for Meeting Remotely
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See accompanying model documents below.

This content conveys general information. Do not use it as a substitute for legal advice. Any attorney general opinions cited are available from the League’s Research staff.

The COVID-19 public health emergency and Governor Walz’s Executive Order 20-20 (“Stay Home MN”) require city councils to make alternative meeting plans and still comply with the Open Meeting Law.

Cities can conduct meetings via telephone conference calls or video-based conference if the public is provided with an effective way to monitor such meetings, such as public distribution of the teleconference number in the meeting posting. Posted notices must provide instructions for how the public may access the remote meeting, whether it is to be held via teleconference or video conference. This includes providing the telephone number, video conference link, and any necessary passcodes or other login information.

Use these model documents with the discussion in “City Options for Meeting Remotely”: