We have received numerous questions regarding the advisability of FOP meetings in light of the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Our Constitution and Bylaws do not address states of emergencies under these circumstances, and Robert’s Rules does not offer any clear guidance. However, based on our review of the various emergency orders issued by state, county, and local governments, as well as the recommendations from the President of the United States and the Centers for Disease Control, we believe the circumstances relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 have made it impossible, illegal and impractical for FOP Lodges to hold meetings at this time.
Although the Governor is implementing “phase one” and opening some of the establishments on May 5, 2020. Hillsborough County is not opening County buildings until May 15, 2020. There is doubts, concerns and many questions that are not clear. In my opinion, the risk outweigh the rewards in trying to have a meeting in May 2020. Hopefully, everything will be back to normal for the June 9, 2020 meeting.
Hillsborough Sheriff’s Lodge #108 will not be serving dinner nor having a meeting on May 12, 2020.
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