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Are libraries open? What precautions or policies must be in place?

Last Updated: 07/02/2020

As of July 2, indoor portions of libraries can reopen at 25% 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. Libraries opening indoor spaces must institute 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 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 and in outdoor spaces, 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 2020-15, Executive Order No. 157