Today, Jackson County moved to Phase 1 of Governor Brown’s phased plan for reopening. In Phase 1, retail stores are allowed to reopen, dine-in at restaurants can resume with new parameters, hair salons can open, and your gym can open its doors again. Currently, JCLS in the midst of our own carefully implemented roll-out for resuming services.
At a special Board meeting on April 23, the Jackson County Library District Board of Directors approved a staged plan for reopening library services for JCLS. The plan includes deliberate steps that staff will take to gradually introduce more services to our communities. We are pleased to be able to move to the next stage in our plan, which will provide computer services by appointment at our Medford, Ashland, Eagle Point, and Rogue River branches beginning on Monday, May 18. More details on this step are forthcoming. Front door services for the pick up on library materials will continue.
Staff is working hard to put the proper safety measures in place to continue toward the next stage in our plan, including re-configuring public spaces, adding self-service stations, and preparing to welcome our patrons back into our buildings in a way that is safe for everyone.
I want to thank everyone, staff and public, for your ongoing patience and support as we continue to provide library services in innovative ways in response to COVID-19. We are working diligently to return to more regular services while keeping your health and safety at the forefront. Our target is to reopen our buildings for limited services as early as June 8, if response to Phase 1 in Jackson County goes well.
Kari May, Library Director
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