Gradual reopening plan of the Chelsea Municipal Library

June 1, 2020

Following the recent Government of Quebec announcement regarding the reopening of public libraries, the Municipality of Chelsea is pleased to announce its plan to gradually reopen the municipal library in two phases.

The first phase of the public library reopening plan announced by the Government of Quebec includes several strict rules to reduce the risk of contagion from COVID-19. Only document loan services are authorized. Access to shelves and common areas remains prohibited to users. For this reason, the contactless document loan service, introduced on May 7, will continue until June 13. Citizens will be able to continue to send their book orders by e-mail and to pick them up in the outdoor tent provided for this purpose on Thursdays and Saturdays, by appointment.

 

Gradual interior reopening as of June 20

Beginning June 20, the library will gradually experiment with an interior opening to allow contactless loans inside the library, Saturdays only, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Citizens will be able, without a specific schedule, to come in to receive suggestions from our employees and leave with their loans. Users wishing to make an appointment on Saturdays will be able to continue to do so to pick up their documents inside. Thursdays from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. will still be reserved for loans without contact outside by appointment only.

 

Circulation in the library

In order to reduce the risk of contagion as much as possible, the library will set up a clear aisle for users to circulate through for its reopening on Saturday, June 20. Citizens will have to enter through the main door of the Town Hall located in front of chemin d'Old Chelsea and exit through the door facing the parking lot.  In addition, physical distancing measures, hand washing at the entrance and the wearing of masks will be obligatory to access the library.

Always on the lookout for directives issued by the Government of Quebec, this reopening plan may be subject to change at any time depending on the state of the situation in Quebec and the Outaouais.