Windsor Public Library Branches Will Start To Reopen At The End Of August

Thursday August 13th, 2020

Posted at 10:33am

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Some Windsor Public Library branches will be reopening at the end of the month.

Officials say the Central, Budimir, Riverside and Local History branches will reopen on Monday, August 31st for a “trial reopening” under “normal operational parameters.”

They say customers will have direct access to library resources and computers, but meeting rooms will remain closed.  Customers will be asked to self-screen at the door and social distancing will be expected.  If the trial openings go as planned, officials say the remaining branches will re-open on Tuesday, September 8th.

“The health of our staff and customers is our most important consideration as we plan to re-open,” says Councillor Rino Bortolin, chair of the WPLB.  “We have spent considerable time over the past several months preparing to open our doors, preparing our facilities to safely welcome customers and ensuring staff has the training and resources they need.  At all times, we will follow provincial re-opening guidelines and direction from the Windsor and Essex County Health Unit.”

Officials say curbside service will end when branches open.

“We are all anxious to open and see our customers again.  In June, we carefully began curbside service and in late July, we opened for public computer access.  Much of the planning, organization and adherence to health and safety protocols which guided us through the implementation of those initiatives will continue to be in force when we re-open at the end of August,” says WPL CEO Kitty Pope. “We will adhere to the guidelines for Stage 3 Reopening for Ontario Public Libraries issued by the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries.”

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