It appears that some public libraries are permitted to choose to partially re-open (under strict conditions) some/all of their branches effective Friday June 12, 2020 as part of the Stage 2 announcement made by the Premier today.
“The following regions will remain in Stage 1 until trends of key public health indicators demonstrate readiness to move into Stage 2:
• Durham Region Health Department
• Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit
• Halton Region Public Health
• Hamilton Public Health Services
• Lambton Public Health
• Niagara Region Public Health
• Peel Public Health
• Toronto Public Health
• Windsor-Essex County Health Unit
• York Region Public Health
At the beginning of each week, the government will provide an update on the ongoing assessment
of these regions, and whether they are ready to move into Stage 2 at the end of the week.”
Here is the most recent document and TOC:
A Framework for Reopening our Province: Phase 2: Restart — Stage 2
Table of contents:
- Public & Social Gatherings
- Places of Worship
- How to Stay Safe
- Keeping Workplaces Safe
- Helping You Get Back to Work
- A Regional Approach
- What Stage 2 Means for Retail, Food and Personal Services
- What Stage 2 Means for Outdoor and Recreational Activities
- What Stage 2 Means for Care and Community Services
- Beyond Stage 2
- A Path to Recovery
Page 18 quote:
All libraries can reopen with limited on-site services, such as computer access and contactless book pickup and drop-off.
• Patrons are not permitted to handle books or materials on shelves.
• Libraries should operate in adherence with public health guidelines on physical distancing, capacity and hygiene procedures (e.g., disinfecting returns and high-touch areas like computers).”
• Recreational activities are restricted at indoor facilities, but these spaces can be used for other programs and services.
• Examples of physically distanced programs and services include in-person counselling, group counselling, computer access, education and tutoring.
• Food services are restricted to takeout, delivery and outdoor dining spaces.
• Indoor pools may open (see water recreational facilities).
• Access to locker rooms, change rooms, showers and communal kitchen areas is not allowed”
Shopping Centres and Malls can also re-open.