Statement May 8, 2020
On Friday, May 8, 2020, Governor Tom Wolf announced that Allegheny County will officially move into the “yellow” phase of the Commonwealth’s three step Process to Reopen Pennsylvania plan on May 15. While this news was much anticipated by the people of our community there is still much speculation on what this designation means for our region’s public libraries.
We are all eager to resume our daily activities as soon as possible, but it is clear that COVID-19 and the impacts on our community will remain with us for the foreseeable future. While we don’t have an exact date to resume in-person services just yet, rest assured that we are thinking about how we can responsibly provide access to materials and resources within these new constraints.
Library staff are following the guidelines of health officials and working with relevant agencies on safety procedures and in establishing a reliable supply chain to purchase cleaning and disinfection solution, masks and other protective items. Safety is paramount to any responsible opening plan. Opening up our system’s physical spaces will be slow, deliberate and will occur in stages in accordance with the Commonwealth’s guidelines in order to limit exposure and spread of the virus.