Preparing for Annual Membership Meetings as Illinois Plans to Reopen

COVID-19-related state and local restrictions upon public gatherings continue to have an impact upon the ability of community associations to convene for their annual membership meetings. Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has announced a five-phase plan for reopening the state and allowing different types of gatherings to occur as certain public health metrics are reached. The City of Chicago has established a similar plan. However, the exact timelines for transitioning between the phases of the governmental reopening plans have yet to be determined. Furthermore, even after governmental restrictions are relaxed and eventually lifted, many homeowners will remain reluctant to attend in-person annual membership meetings. To effectively address these challenges, associations may wish to use this opportunity to reconsider how they conduct their annual meetings.

Remote Board Meetings During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond

In response to Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker’s executive orders and overall health concerns arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, many community association boards have temporarily refrained from calling board meetings. While compliance with governmental mandates and application of responsible safety measures remain paramount, associations must continue to conduct business, and open board meeting requirements still apply. Remote board meetings provide associations with an opportunity to fulfill all of these obligations.