The Watertown City Council approved a resolution at noon Monday that declares an emergency in the city concerning the pandemic outbreak of COVID-19. The resolution provides for "responsive measures related to the operations of the city to protect the health and well being of city employees and members of the public". 

The resolution also allows the mayor to have the power to temporarily suspend clauses in the city’s personnel policy or enact other measures as necessary related to city employees to allow for alternative work arrangements or schedules. 

It also allows for city officials, board members and others to participate in city meetings electronically or telephonically and for the closure of all city owned buildings to the public.

The resolution took effect immediately upon passage at today’s special city council meeting.