Showground switch for Norfolk County Council meetings
Norfolk County Council will hold its first meeting after the recent local elections next week, but not at its normal home.
The session next Monday, May 24, will take place at the Norfolk Showground, rather than at the authority's County Hall headquarters in Norwich.
Officials say the move is necessary to enable social distancing, while work to change the layout of the council chamber takes place.
A council spokesman said: "Other council meetings planned for June will take place at the showground, until work on the council chamber is complete and meetings return to County Hall in July."
Members will choose their new chairman and vice-chairman during the session, while the shape of the council's new administration will also be outlined following the Conservatives' victory in the elections earlier this month.
Officials say that, while there will be some space for members of the public to attend the meeting, residents will be encouraged to watch the proceedings via a stream on the authority's YouTube channel.
Public attendance will be limited to a maximum of 30 people and anyone wishing to attend is asked to email email@example.com in advance with their name, address and contact details so they can be traced in the event of a coronavirus outbreak.
Anyone who does attend is encouraged to take a lateral flow test 24 hours before the meeting.
Attendees will also have to wear masks while moving around, although they can be removed once seated.