Annual legislative meet-and-greet will be different

Winston County’s state legislative team, from l-r: State Representatives Tracy Estes and Proncey Robertson, State Senators Greg Reed and Garland Gudger and State Representative Tim Wadsworth will be taking questions from the public during the annual legislative meet-and-greet Jan. 21, in Haleyville.

HALEYVILLE    - The upcoming meet-and-greet event with Winston County’s team of state legislators will be unlike any in the past.
State Senators Garlan Gudger and Greg Reed will be joined by State Representatives Tracy Estes, Proncey Robertson and Tim Wadsworth on the Haleyville Middle School cafetorium stage for what has become a successful event affecting people across Winston County.  The event has been set for Thursday, Jan. 21, at 6 p.m.
HMS Principal Bo Wilcoxson said strict policies will be in place to keep the attending legislators and public safe amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“We’re going to set the chairs up for our audience six feet apart,” Wilcoxson said.  “We  ask everyone to wear a mask, and we will have hand sanitizer.”
In order to keep the state legislators at a six-foot social distance, three tables will be set up with two legislators per table, instead of one long table as in the past.  Everyone entering the building will have their temperature checked.  Admission will not be granted if a facial covering is not worn or if a person has a fever over 99 degrees, officials stressed.
Between 100-125 audience members will e allowed, Wilcoxson said.
“We will not be able to seat as many people as we have in the past,” said Wilcoxson. “We’ll have to turn some away if it’s too crowded. We hate it, but that’s just the way it is with  COVID. I would definitely get here early.”



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