City Council and Public Meeting Changes Due to COVID-19

You can count on us. Our City will continue to provide emergency response, public safety and other essential services, including water service to all customers.

Stay home. Stay healthy.  At the City of Salem, we're following the Governor's Executive Order of March 23, 2020 and hope you will too.   Check the City's COVID-19 information center for all City service impacts.

The Salem City Council declared a state of emergency that allows the City to take rapid action in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic and the risk of its spread throughout the community. This declaration put temporary public meeting procedures in place, to ensure continuation of necessary City business while complying with social distancing guidance to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Changes to City Council meetings 

 Virtual Council meetings. Effective April 27, 2020, all Salem City Council, Urban Renewal Agency and Salem Housing Authority meetings will be entirely virtual until further notice. All members of the governing body, the public and staff will participate remotely. Salem's Council Chambers is closed. 

Real-time remote viewing of these meetings is available online on the City of Salem Facebook page, Comcast Cable CCTV Channel 21, or on the CCTVSalem YouTube channel.

Public testimony may be provided in advance of the meeting by email to [email protected]

No in-person public comment.In-person public comment is temporarily suspended at meetings. On April 16, 2020, the Governor issued an Executive Order to preserve civic engagement and essential local services. The order encourages local governments to continue their work and hold public meetings, waiving in-person requirements for public testimony when testimony can be provided by other means.