The Barrie Public Library is counting down the days until it can welcome patrons back indoors.
The library says it will open the doors to both its branches as of Monday, February 22. While it will continue to offer the low-contact pickup service it had throughout the lockdown, it will also offer indoor browsing of materials as of Monday, as well as access to computers and printers, and bookable space to study or work.
“We are grateful that our patrons were still able to pick up materials during the shutdown, but we sure miss having them in our spaces,” said Lauren Jessop, CEO of the Barrie Public Library. “As this pandemic continues, we’ve seen a real need for library services and for human connection. We’re looking forward to being able to provide in-person services again.”
Patrons visiting the library will have to follow health and safety guidelines when entering, and that includes being pre-screened at the door. Masks must be worn, and a two-metre distance between patrons must be maintained. The library is capping capacity at 50 people inside, and asks that all visits be limited to 60 minutes or less.
This comes less than a week after the Simcoe-Muskoka region emerged from under a stay-at-home order. It entered the Red-Control tier of COVID recovery as of Tuesday, February 16.