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GRF Board to decide on indoor closure at Tuesday’s meeting

By Ann Peterson

Managing editor


(Monday, Feb. 7) The GRF Board of Directors is set to decide Tuesday, Feb. 8 whether to end the closure of indoor GRF facilities or extend it, possibly to Feb. 14, as a county health official has recommended.

Review of the county-wide transmission of COVID and the status of the closure of indoor facilities is the fourth item on Tuesday’s agenda at the mid-month regular meeting of the Board. The meeting starts at 9 a.m. and will be held on Zoom. Link: click here (Passcode: 942773). Residents also can join by phone only by dialing one of these numbers: 1-669-900-6833, 1-346-248-7799, 1-253-215-8782, 1-312-626-6799, 1-929-205-6099 or 1-301-715-8592. The Webinar ID is 845 9689 1298.

A Residents’ Forum will be held just before the closure discussion during the meeting.

Other topics at Tuesday’s meeting include a review of a forest management plan application; consideration of the 2022 capital projects, as well as the machinery and equipment budget; and consideration of a recruitment awards program to help with hiring.

At its last Board meeting on Jan. 27, the Board narrowly decided 5-4 to keep the indoor facilities closed through at least Feb. 8. Their decision came after Dr. Ori Tzvieli, Contra Costa’s public health director, recommended keeping GRF’s indoor gathering places closed until at least Feb. 14. Tzvieli made the recommendation in response to rising hospitalizations with a surge in COVID cases because of the omicron variant.

The Board spent 75 minutes discussing the closure during that meeting. The decision came on the Board’s seventh motion.

The GRF Board first approved the shutdown unanimously during an emergency executive session on Jan. 7. At their public meeting on Jan. 18, the Board voted 7-2 to keep the indoor facilities closed through at least Jan. 31.

Check late Tuesday morning to learn whether the Board has decided to reopen or extend the closure. We will post the news as soon as a decision is reached.