With Illinois set to enter Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois plan this week, we'll be adjusting our policies related to mask-wearing and other COVID-related procedures. Starting Friday, June 11, here's what that means for you and the Library.
(As has been the case throughout the pandemic, everything is subject to change depending on what happens with COVID cases and guidance from national, state, and local health authorities.)
- Fully vaccinated patrons will no longer need to wear a mask to enter the building.
- Unvaccinated patrons will still be required to wear a mask while inside the building. We will not be asking for proof of vaccination, but hope that for the health and safety of our community that you abide by the guidelines issued by the CDC and the Illinois Department of Public Health.
- Staff at the public service desks will continue to wear masks for the next couple of weeks. This is mostly out of an abundance of caution and to ease us into less restrictive masking rules. Vaccinated staff will not be required to wear a mask when at their desks or in other shared office space.
- The masking rule for unvaccinated patrons and staff will remain in place until guidance from the CDC and the Illinois Department of Public Health indicates that unvaccinated individuals do not have to wear masks.
- Masking requirements for children will be forthcoming as additional guidance from the CDC is made available.
- Plexiglass barriers installed at the current public service desks will remain in place until further notice.
- Programming will remain virtual or outdoors through at least the end of July. We will continue to evaluate the feasibility of in-person programming as we receive additional guidance from the CDC and IDPH.
- Study rooms and meeting rooms will remain closed to the public until the completion of the lower-level renovation.
- Covered drinks will be allowed.
- Consumption of any food items is still prohibited.
- Vending machine will remain closed, and there will be no sale of coffee, k-cups, etc.
We greatly appreciate your ongoing patience, understanding, and support as we’ve navigated through the pandemic.
We are so excited and relieved to get back to some semblance of normal and look forward to seeing you in the Library!
Pam Leffler is the Executive Director of Morton Grove Public Library.