All Springfield-Greene County Libraries Require Face Coverings
July 15, 2020 — In compliance with the recent City of Springfield ordinance, all visitors and staff are required to wear face masks at all 10 Springfield-Greene County Libraries effective July 16 - October 14, 2020. The Library is enforcing the rule at the five county library branches, as well, for consistency and to minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19 to staff and patrons.
The Library will permit all exceptions permitted by the ordinance. Among them, children ages 3 through 11, and individuals with health conditions that prohibit the wearing of face coverings, are exempt.
Individuals covered under all of the exemptions should observe all other recommendations in the libraries to prevent spread of the virus: maintain a 6-foot distance from others, wash or sanitize your hands frequently, and stay home if you are ill.
All previous safety measures remain in place at the library branches: clear barriers at public service desks and windows, additional self-checkout options, 72-hour quarantine of returned materials, marked pathways along floors, hand sanitizer and regular cleaning of surfaces. Meeting and study rooms are closed to the public through Aug. 31.
The Library continues to monitor and follow the recommendations of the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, city and county officials, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Patrons who prefer not to visit a library branch may use thelibrary.org to find ways to put books and other materials on hold, research projects, get book recommendations, get tax voter information, and they may pick up items on hold at five drive-up windows throughout the district.
For more information and guidelines for COVID-19, please visit the Springfield-Greene County Health Department’s website (https://www.springfieldmo.gov/5068/Coronavirus) or the CDC’s website: (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html).