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Libraries Reopening Amid COVID Spike

For the first time in nearly eight months, or since coronavirus shutdowns began, libraries are finally reopening in some parts of the state, including in Nevada County. County Librarian Nick Wilczek says the Truckee, Madelyn Helling, and Grass Valley locations are opening to indoor patrons, starting Monday, although with many restrictions in place. He says it’ll be the “Grab and Go” model, with a limited number of people at a time allowed to browse and check out books for no longer than half an hour, and with no seating and no other activities allowed…

click to listen to Nick Wilczek

In-person visits will also be restricted to 2 to 5pm Monday through Friday. Curbside pickup service will still be available. Wilczek says the likelihood of going to a more restrictive COVID Tier next week will not thwart the reopenings…

click to listen to Nick Wilczek

Masks will be mandated, along with gloves or using a hand sanitizer. Otherwise, the timing of the reopenings is not clear and how various tiers impact libraries has also been vague. Wilczek says they’ve been lumped in with retail.

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