Anyone attending a Patterson City Council meeting in person must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a recent negative test result starting Tuesday.
Patterson is the first Stanislaus County city to require such documentation and City Manager Ken Irwin said the council feels it is the safest way to physically open meetings.
All council members, city staff and the public must show identification plus vaccination or a negative test taken within three days to enter the chambers, Irwin said in an email. People can still participate remotely via teleconference on Zoom, per the meeting agenda. But Tuesday marks the first Patterson council meeting physically open to the public since February 2020, before the first California stay-at-home order for the coronavirus pandemic.
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