The rising number of COVID-19 cases in Sag Harbor has spurred Mayor Jim Larocca to switch next Tuesday’s Village Board meeting from in-person to remote, via Zoom.
Although it appears the omicron variant is milder than previous variants of COVID-19, Larocca pointed out that its onset is quicker and it is more transmissible than previous variants of the virus.
Sag Harbor had only 168 confirmed cases of COVID-19 from March 2020 through last Thanksgiving, Larocca said. Since then, though, 64 cases had been reported through the end of 2021.
“With all that fluttering in the air, I made the decision to go back to Zoom for January,” he said.
Larocca said he did not know how long the board would meet remotely, but that he would reassess the situation regularly.
In the meantime, he said the village is expecting to have a new, improved sound system installed in the Municipal Building’s meeting room in the coming months. That system is expected to improve the quality of remote transmissions, he added.
For the past several months, the board has met at the Sag Harbor Fire Department firehouse on Brick Kiln Road, with spaced-out seating and the meetings broadcast over YouTube.
Tuesday’s meeting, which begins at 6 p.m., is expected to be a busy one, with the board poised to adopt a series of proposed changes to the zoning code for the waterfront.
Information about how to sign up for the meetings can be found at the village website, saghaborny.gov.