Fort Bend County libraries have begun Phase Two of reopening their buildings to visitors. The second phase will allow visitors access – though somewhat limited – to the county’s …
Fort Bend County libraries have begun Phase Two of reopening their buildings to visitors. The second phase will allow visitors access – though somewhat limited – to the county’s libraries in Cinco Ranch, Richmond, Missouri City and the Sienna Branch Library for grab-and-go services, the Fort Bend County Library system announced in a press release.
“We miss all of our patrons, and we know how important our libraries are to their daily lives,” said Library Director Clara Russell. “We want to return to ‘normal’ service as soon as possible, but this needs to happen in phases so that we can keep everyone safe and healthy.”
Under the guidelines for Phase Two, library visitors will be able to:
The number of visitors allowed in each library will be limited in order to ensure social distancing and mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Visitors must wear masks in accordance with county guidelines during the pandemic. A brief health screening will occur prior to entry.
The libraries will also be set up to allow social distancing throughout and some areas such as lounges and study tables will not be available for use.
Libraries will not be accepting donations of books at this time.
Children under the age of 12 will need to be accompanied by an adult.
Materials should be returned using the outside drop boxes at each library.
“FBCL serves a large number of residents throughout the county, so we are being very thoughtful and deliberate with our re-opening plans,” Russell said. “These are our friends and neighbors, and we’re going to do everything in our power to expand library services while keeping our staff and communities safe.”