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Alexandria Libraries Reopen With Safety Precautions and Limited Capacity

After months of limited curbside service, Alexandria’s libraries have reopened today with some safety modifications.

The protective measures are standard for what many other locations have been doing to open indoor operations safely as the city still struggles with coronavirus.

“Each customer will have their temperature taken; will be issued a face covering if they did not bring one; and must maintain 6 feet of distance from others at all times,” the city said in a press release. “Face coverings are required for all customers over age 10 at all locations.”

The libraries will only be open at 25% capacity and customers will only be allowed up to two hours inside the building, though they can return 30 minutes after departure if space is available. The library website noted that furniture has been removed or reconfigured for appropriate distancing, and asked that visitors not move furniture unless staff is consulted.

“Plastic shields and signage have been installed, and all high-touch areas will be disinfected regularly,” the city said.
“All library online programs and curbside pick-up will continue, while meeting spaces will not be available for use.”

According to the city website, library hours are as follows:

Beatley Central:
Sun:  Closed
Mon:  11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Tues:  11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Wed:  11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Thurs:  11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Fri:  Curbside Only
Sat:  11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Talking Books:
Sun:  Closed
Mon:  11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Tues:  Closed
Wed:  11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Thurs:  11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Fri:  Closed
Sat:  Closed

Burke Branch
Sun:  Closed
Mon:  11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Tues:  Closed
Wed:  11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Thurs:  Closed
Fri:  Curbside Only
Sat:  11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Barrett Branch
Sun:  Closed
Mon:  11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Tues:  Closed
Wed:  11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Thurs:  Closed
Fri:  Curbside Only
Sat:  11 a.m.-5 p.m.

DUNCAN BRANCH
Sun: Closed
Mon: Closed
Tues: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Wed: Closed
Thurs: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Fri:  Curbside Only
Sat: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

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