Philly Council, under threat of COVID-19, decides to continue meeting remotely

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Philadelphia City Council has decided to continue to meet remotely, when it goes back into session in September. Photo credit Holli Stephens/KYW Newsradio

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia City Council has decided to continue to meet remotely, when it goes back into session, later this month. Council had hoped to resume in-person meetings, but president Darrell Clarke says the continuing threat of COVID-19 prompted leadership to reverse course.

In a memo to councilmembers, Clarke said the delta strain of COVID-19 "represents an ongoing and unpredictable threat to public health, even to those with vaccines."

He did not set a target date for meeting in person again.

Clarke also noted that the next meeting of council would be Friday, Sept. 17, instead of its usual Thursday session. The change was made in deference to the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur.