Government Ministers have written to local authorities to explain that temporary powers permitting remote meetings in the Coronavirus Act 2020 will not be extended after 7 May 2021.

The letter also provides a link to updated guidance on the ways local authorities can apply Covid-19 guidance to ensure meetings can take place safely.

A copy of the letter can be viewed here.
The government has also launched a call for evidence on the experiences of local authorities regarding remote meetings and to gather views on whether such arrangements should be made permanent. The consultation can be viewed here and is open until 17 June 2021.