Panama City Beach's COVID-19 workshop has city leaders reevaluating normal operations

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Panama City Beach held a COVID-19 workshop Monday morning to talk about the new reality cities across the country are facing.

City leaders discussed things like hosting regular public meetings virtually at Monday's Panama City Beach COVID-19 workshop. (WJHG/WECP)

Among the topics discussed included ensuring the safety of first responders by equipping them with personal protective equipment like facemasks.

The council also announced it'll close city hall and the public services building to the public. And like many businesses, some city employees may work from home.

Council members also talked about the importance of keeping the local economy alive, especially the service industry which makes up 33% of the local economy according to councilman Geoff McConnell.

”This idea that was brought to me was bringing the food trucks out within the community and allowing them to operate and bring that food to the different residents as we go through, and that helps our small businesses be able to continue to operate and also allows our public to maintain their social distance away from restaurants and not congregating and still be able to have a meal from another location brought to them,” said McConnell.

The council also talked about possibly hosting virtual public meetings in the future, where citizens will be able to dial in to take park in city meetings.

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