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Council meetings from 7 May 2021

Find out how we will hold Council meetings from 7 May 2021.

Format of meetings

Since the start of the pandemic, Lewisham Council meetings have been held virtually in order to comply with COVID-19 restrictions and social distancing measures. However, following the Government’s decision not to renew legislation to allow councils to meet virtually and a High Court ruling, council meetings in England and Wales must be held ‘in person’ from 7 May 2021.

From 7 May 2021, Lewisham Council meetings will be held in the Council Chamber, which under the current Government social distancing guidance can safely accommodate up to 28 people. This will ensure that for most meetings, councillors and council staff who are required to attend can do so safely. However, councillors who are unable to attend meetings in person may continue to participate in Council meetings virtually.

Meetings will continue to be broadcast so that members of the public can watch Lewisham Council meetings online.

The public are entitled to attend meetings in person, subject to the Government’s COVID-19 restrictions and total numbers in the Chamber being maintained. There will be a limited number of spaces for members of the public to attend each meeting.

If you wish to attend a meeting in person, please email the meeting organiser in advance of the meeting. Their contact details can be found on the page for the meeting you wish to attend. Please try to provide at least three working days’ notice. Spaces will be allocated on a first come first served basis. If you are allocated a space, please arrive no more than 15 minutes in advance of the meeting. 

Due to the ongoing public health situation, members of the public are urged to continue observing and participating virtually in Council meetings if they can in order to protect themselves and the community.

You can find details of all upcoming meetings and watch a meeting live or watch recordings of previous meetings on our website.

COVID-19 guidance

Face coverings

You must wear a face covering at all times when entering and moving around the building. You are encouraged to wear a face covering in the Council Chamber unless you are speaking. If you are exempt, then please inform staff on the door.

Hand sanitiser

Hand sanitiser will be provided. Please sanitize your hands on entering and leaving the building.

Social distancing

Please maintain social distance (two metres) at all times. Staff will be available to guide you to where you are to sit in the Council Chamber. Please follow all signs, instructions and directions that will be in place.

Rapid testing

You are encouraged to take a COVID-19 test in advance of attending. This is not compulsory, but is encouraged because it will give yourself and other people attending the meeting reassurance and help to keep everyone safe.

You can get a rapid test at various sites across the borough. Find out more about getting a rapid COVID-19 test.