Good news for book lovers is that with the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, libraries will be opening their doors again from Monday, 1st June.
“We are delighted to be re-opening to the public on Monday – the library team have certainly missed seeing our members and visitors during the closure period,” said Parkes Shire Council’s Manager Cultural Education & Library Services, Kerryn Jones.
“To ensure the health and safety of all our members, visitors and staff, there will be some temporary limitations to our programs and service, as well as changes to our regular opening hours.”
Kerryn said they were unfortunately unable to reinstate the 24-hour library service at Trundle and Tullamore at this time. “However, our township members will still be able to visit the libraries during normal opening hours and borrow library items using the new click and collect service.”
NSW Health has provided strict protocols as to how libraries must operate in a COVID-19 safe way and Parkes Shire Library will introduce the following conditions of entry: exclusion of staff and visitors who are unwell; limit the number customers; maximum 30 minute stay, including use of computers; sanitising hands upon entry; and physical distancing at all times.
Storytime, author talks and book club will continue to be delivered online. Follow the Parkes Shire Libraries Facebook page for the latest library updates.