With the latest public-health guidelines released May 13 by the Centers for Disease Control and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, many may wonder about the impact on library services. The answer is that there are no immediate changes for Sno-Isle Libraries.
For now, our community libraries will continue to require customers and our employees to wear face coverings and be mindful of social distancing while in the buildings. For those customers who prefer to go without a face covering, we also continue to offer contact-free and online services.
Sno-Isle Libraries is taking a thoughtful approach to this moment of transition as it has done throughout this pandemic. For example, as Snohomish and Island counties moved through state-mandated phases, Sno-Isle Libraries added in-building services to the ongoing contact-free and online services. In the past weeks, most community libraries have been expanding services with in-library browsing, public computing and other services.
State officials are working on updated industry-specific guidance for businesses and organizations. Sno-Isle Libraries staff are closely monitoring guidance and requirements from federal, state and local authorities.
As the state moves toward implementing the announced changes by June 30, Sno-Isle Libraries anticipates making additional adjustments and continuing our work to increase library access and services.