Well, it seems we’ve reached the point where as soon as we’ve thought through one public health announcement there is new information to consider. We are grateful to all of the folks working locally and nationally to help us navigate each new stage of this pandemic.
The Governor has updated Maine’s Moving Forward Plan, based on the most recent guidance from the CDC. The most recent update states that as of May 24, 2021 the requirement that face coverings be worn in all public settings is repealed, except in schools and childcare settings.
While we are delighted to see Maine’s progress with declining case rates and continued vaccinations, the library will still require mask use inside the building at this time.
The Library is enriched by having widely diverse patrons, many of whom are children under age 12 and many who are still vulnerable to the virus. Some of our patrons are not eligible for the vaccine due to their age, or may have underlying health issues that preclude them from receiving a vaccination or from developing its full immunological effects. Mask use remains a critical part of our strategy to ensure continued safe access to the library for all of our patrons.
The above does not in any way disrupt the library’s current plans to expand our Browsing and Borrowing hours to 4:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesday, and Fridays. We’ll still be open from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Saturdays, and we look forward to continuing to expand our hours and services over the spring and summer.