Libraries Reopening Guidelines

Today, libraries are permitted to reopen at 25% capacity.  Below, please find the requirements for the reopening:

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Libraries are permitted to open for curbside pickup.

Indoor portions of libraries can reopen on July 2 at 25 percent capacity, while following appropriate mitigation requirements.

Reopening plans vary by library. Please check with your local library for more details on hours and procedures.

Libraries offering curbside pickup services must follow appropriate mitigation requirements detailed in section 2 on page 5 of Administrative Order 2020-15. Beginning July 2, libraries can open indoor spaces while instituting mitigation requirements detailed in section 7 on page 13 of Executive Order No. 157.

What to Expect at Libraries

The following summarizes some of the protocols contained in AO 2020-15 and EO 157. However, this summary is not a replacement for fully complying with the terms of AO 2020-15 and EO 157 and libraries should read the full guidance carefully to ensure full compliance.

Libraries opening for curbside pickup must institute the following policies:

  • Patrons cannot enter the brick-and-mortar premises, but instead can pick up or drop off materials outside of the facility that they have already ordered;
  • In-premises operations will be limited, wherever feasible, to those employees who are responsible for the operations required for curbside pickup/drop-off;
  • Transactions will be handled in advance by phone, email, fax, or other means that avoid person-to-person contact, wherever feasible;
  • Patrons will notify the facility by text message, email, or phone once they arrive, whenever feasible, or make best efforts to schedule their arrival time in advance. The patron will be asked to remain in their vehicle, if arriving by car, until staff delivers or retrieves the materials;
  • Designated employees will bring materials outside of the facility and place the materials directly in a patron’s vehicle whenever feasible; and
  • Libraries will adopt required infection control, sanitization, and hygiene practices.

Beginning July 2, libraries opening indoor and outdoor spaces must institute the following policies:

  • Limit total capacity of any outdoor area to a number that ensures that all individuals can remain six feet apart;
  • Limit the number of patrons in any indoor premises to 25 percent capacity – excluding employees;
  • Require workers and customers to wear cloth face coverings while indoors, except where doing so would inhibit that individual’s health or where the individual is under two years of age;
  • If a customer refuses to wear a cloth face covering for non-medical reasons then the business must decline the individual entry into the indoor premises;
  • Limit occupancy in restrooms that remain open to avoid over-crowding and maintain social distancing through signage and, where practicable, the utilization of attendants to monitor capacity; and
  • Provide sanitization materials, such as hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes, to customers.

For full details, see section 2 on page 5 of Administrative Order 2020-15 and section 7 on page 13 of Executive Order No. 157.

Source: Administrative Order 2020-15Executive Order No. 157