Visitors of the Jack R. Winegarden Library in Fenton and Linden Library reopened at a reduced capacity Monday, June 15. The libraries are part of the Genesee District Library (GDL).
The Holly Township Library also has reopened with similar guidelines.
On June 1, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced plans for Michigan libraries to reopen as the spread of the COVID-19 slows across the state.
Employees at libraries have been planning this reopening for many weeks. On June 8, libraries opened to staff only, providing personal protection equipment (PPE), cleaning supplies, training, social distancing layouts and protocol for returned items, according to David Conklin, director of the GDL.
Staff also checked in thousands of items returned during the temporary closure.
On June 15, libraries reopened their doors to the public with 25-percent maximum occupancy per building. Computer sessions are available on a first come, first served basis and are limited to one hour per patron, per day.
Patrons will be instructed to comply with social distancing guidelines and are encouraged to wear a mask.
If patrons are unable to enter the building (because the maximum limit has been reached) they may call the library and arrange for items on hold to be delivered to them “curbside” as soon as staff are able. High-touch surfaces will be cleaned hourly.
Outdoor drop boxes are available if anyone would like this option to return an item.
The date of Phase 3 in the reopening is unknown at this time. When this happens, more patrons will be allowed in the building, longer computer sessions will be allowed and there will be fewer social distancing restrictions.