Ozark Dale County Library opens May 26

The Ozark Dale County Library will reopen at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 26, under limited hours and services.

Closed since March due to restrictions put in place to stem the spread of COVID-19, the Ozark Dale County Library is the latest public library to reopen. Branches of the Dothan Houston County Library System opened earlier this week.

According to a news release, the Ozark Dale County Library will have the following changes in place until further notice to ensure the safety of patrons and staff members:

» The library is operating under a 25-person maximum capacity, which includes staffers.

» Temporary hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

» Patrons are encouraged to use the hand sanitizer station upon entering and leaving the library.

» Returned materials are sanitized and quarantined for five days in the library’s boardroom.

» All programs and meeting room reservations are canceled until further notice.

» The 2020 Summer Reading Program will be virtual this year. Those interested should stay tuned for future announcements regarding this year’s program.

» Children ages 14 and younger are not permitted in the library. A photo ID may be requested to verify age.

Also, according to the library’s news release, the following areas are closed to the public:

» The lounge areas in the reference, magazine and nonfiction areas.

» The restrooms in the nonfiction area and west wing.

» The water fountain; however, bottled water is available at no charge.

» Both meeting rooms in the west wing.

To enforce social distancing guidelines, aisles are marked as one-way and computers have been moved apart.

Curbside pickup continues to be available. Ccall the library 334-774-5480 to reserve and schedule pickup of books. Patrons in the high-risk categories for COVID-19 are encouraged to use curbside pickup.

All staff members will have their temperatures checked upon arrival and will wear masks while working.

Patrons exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 are asked to stay home.

To ask questions or express concerns, call 334-774-5480.

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