MANASQUAN — The Manasquan Public Library will reopen its doors to patrons on Monday, Aug. 3, according to Library Director Carol Mennie.
The library will operate at 25 percent capacity, with only three to five patrons allowed in the building at a time, Ms. Mennie said. The library’s hours will also be limited and masks will be required upon entrance.
“We’re taking baby steps. This is just the beginning,” she said. “We’re sorry for any inconvenience, but we’re trying to keep ourselves and [our patrons] healthy.”
Ms. Mennie added that she and the librarians miss having people in the building and can’t wait to see everyone when the library opens.
In preparation for Monday’s reopening plexiglass dividers are being installed at the circulation desk, socially distanced spots are being marked on the floor and hand sanitizer dispensers are being placed around the library.
“It takes a lot of preparation … There are lots of restrictions and lots of things to consider. We want to keep everyone safe,” Ms. Mennie said.
She added that guidance from the Monmouth County Library System and its member libraries has been a helpful resource in planning for the reopening.
Computers will be available for use, however there will be a 10 to 15 minute limit. There is no time limit for patrons visiting the library. Ms. Mennie said she hopes people who are waiting to enter the building will be patient, and patrons who are browsing will be mindful of those waiting.
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