Masks for Patrons (effective July 20, 2020)

The Board of Trustees of Athens County Public Libraries adopted a policy requiring patrons of the library to wear a mask when in the library on July 14, 2020.

Patrons who are not wearing a mask when entering the library will be asked to put one on. If the patron does not have a mask, one will be provided by the library. The library will first offer reusable masks that should be returned to the library when the patron leaves. The masks will be washed before being reused. If reusable masks are not available or patrons do not wish to use a reusable mask, the library will offer disposable masks that the patron may take with them.

In keeping with other local mask ordinances and CDC guidelines, masks are not required in the following situations:

  • Any individual who cannot wear a face covering because of a medical condition, mental health condition or developmental disability, or who is unable to remove the face covering without assistance, and any individual who should not wear face coverings under the CDC guidance. An individual is not required to produce medical documentation of the condition or disability.
  • Children under 10 years old.
  • Individuals while acting in their official capacity as a public safety employee or emergency responder when wearing a face covering would interfere with or limit their ability to carry out their official duties or functions. These include peace officers, firefighters, and other public safety or emergency medical personnel that support public safety operations.
  • Individuals complying with the directions of public safety employees or emergency responders as described above.
  • An individual completing a task who would be out of compliance with industry safety standards like NEC, OSHA, NFPA, etc.

Patrons who do not meet any of these exemptions and do not wish to wear a mask, but who still want to receive library services, may be offered curbside pickup of library materials, online resources, or other services that do not require them to enter the library.