"Being part of Georgia Safety Promise means that the library is extending its efforts to protect patrons, volunteers, and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic by promoting social distancing, wearing a face covering, cleaning surfaces, and washing and sanitizing hands," says Library Director Anna Lyle.
Beginning Thursday, September 3, all library visitors will be required to wear a mask, including children ages 5 and older. Patrons who do not have a mask may request a free, disposable mask at the main entrance of each library branch.
"Many of our patrons expressed concern that masks were encouraged, but not required, to visit the library. We want our patrons to know that we're listening and that we're taking additional steps to protect our community," says Lyle.
FCPL is also making a temporary change to its food and drink policy. Beginning Thursday, September 3, visitors may not consume food or drinks inside the library.
"We're making a change to the food and drink policy because it would be impractical to eat or drink with a mask on. It's important that patrons keep their masks on for the duration of their visit," adds Lyle.
As part of its commitment to Georgia Safety Promise, FCPL will continue a number of safety measures already in place.
For example, signs are posted to encourage social distancing and limiting visits to 30 minutes or less. Hand sanitizing stations continue to be available at the entrance to each library and throughout the buildings. Returned materials continue to be quarantined for up to four days before being returned to the shelves and curbside pickup services remain available.
“I am so proud of the Library’s amazing staff and volunteers who have continued to deliver vital library services to Forsyth County residents during this difficult time. We have provided access to our materials and facilities while placing an emphasis on safety for everyone. We are grateful to our patrons for their support,” says Lyle.
For more information on current library operations, including WiFi internet access and Contact-Free Curbside Pickup, please visit our current COVID-19 response page.