UPDATE: City council meetings remain open to the public, not considered social gathering

UPDATE: City council meetings remain open to the public, not considered social gathering
Mayor Booker says council learned they weren’t allowed to ban people from the meeting, as it is not considered a social gathering.

LAWTON, Okla. (TNN) - The civil emergency proclamation announced by the City of Lawton bans gatherings of 10 or more but, city leaders say that does not impact city council meetings.

Mayor Stan Booker clarified that council meetings are not considered social gatherings so they are not effected by the proclamation.

Despite that, Booker is hopeful the meeting is still mostly empty, with people tuning in on Facebook to watch the livestream from home.

The auditorium will also force social distance, with chairs either spaced out, or marked off to prevent anyone sitting next to someone else.

Tonight’s meeting only calls for one item with a public hearing, putting structures on the city D and D list, but Mayor Booker says if the home owner isn’t present they will push that to a later meeting.

This story has been updated to clarify details.

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