Guidance relating to meetings when lockdown was announced, from CALC:
NALC and CALC advice to town and parish councils on council business and meetings
The most important advice is that the council should adopt a broad delegation which will allow it to continue to operate outside of meetings until such time as the advice changes. Rather than using physical meetings, the council should use email and its website as far as possible to replicate debate and the gathering of public opinion.
The legislation allows for the council to delegate to an officer but not individual members and the wording of the resolution below reflects the law.
A suggested wording is:
That the Council delegates authority to the Clerk in consultation with the Chairman and Vice Chairman/Mayor and Deputy Mayor to take any actions necessary with associated expenditure to protect the interests of the community and ensure council business continuity during the period of the pandemic Coronavirus, informed by consultation with the members of the council.
For those councils who have not managed to agree the above delegation before the restrictions kicked in, the advice is that you should take a sensible and pragmatic approach to decision making and agree the delegation by email agreement and then publish it on the website.