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Alcona library branches reopen in Harrisville, Lincoln

The Alcona County Library will be opening to Phase 2 at 25% capacity in its reopening plan on Monday.

Only Harrisville and Lincoln branches will be open. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday in Harrisville, and noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday in Lincoln.

Patrons shall wear facemasks per the current executive order, and facemasks will be made available to patrons. Harrisville patrons will use the North entrance (back); South entrance will be closed (usable as exit, not entrance).

Patrons will be limited to 15 at Harrisville, and seven at Lincoln.

Computer usage will be limited to 30 minutes per day, per patron. Computers and keyboards will be cleaned after each use.

Internet will remain on 24/7 at all branches.

Soft seating will be reduced/eliminated. Every other computer will be marked out of service to keep physical distancing between patrons at six feet.

Tables will have only one chair each, and some tables may be moved to increase physical distance between patrons.

Toys, puzzles, games, and headphones will be put away. Earbuds will be available for purchase at desk for $2.

Plexiglas shields will be installed at service desks. Staff should use book carts and/or tables to block open desk entrances from patrons. Openings between public and staff spaces will be blocked with a table and sign. Doors between lobby and main floor will be propped open to reduce touchpoints.

In Harrisville, the Community Room and Michigan Room will be closed during the initial reopening. Most furniture in the lounge shall be removed.

In Lincoln, the meeting room will be closed, and used for storage of extra furniture, toys, etc.

Patrons can request materials at the front desk, in person, over the phone, and through BiblioCommons (the library’s online catalog).

Each patron will be limited to five DVDs and 15 books/magazines/audiobooks per transaction.

Patrons requiring computer assistance will only receive as much assistance as the staff can provide by showing on their computer at the desk, or verbally.

Only staff will be allowed to use the copy machine. Staff shall make copies, and fax items and/or deliver printouts to patrons.

Staff will be encouraged to stay home if showing any symptoms of COVID-19 (or if another person in their house is showing symptoms or has tested positive).

Staff will be provided with masks and required to wear them at all times if medically tolerated. Some masks will have ties so as not in interfere with glasses and/or hearing aids.

In addition to the cleaning by the cleaning company, staff will sanitize touch points within the building at least twice daily.

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