ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Albany Public Library is returning to regular operations after the Board of Trustees eliminated the State of Emergency that was put in place in the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, in March 2020. The board unanimously voted to rescind the State of Emergency at its common assembly on May 10. The transfer takes impact instantly.
This means that you’re not required to put on masks inside Albany Library buildings anymore. However, as a result of excessive price of COVID transmission locally and Albany County’s advice, the library is strongly suggesting that guests and employees put on masks whereas indoors. Masks will probably be out there in any respect library places for individuals who’d prefer to put on one.
The library can also be returning to a traditional state of operations. Services and applications are being provided with none pandemic restrictions. At occasions, employees capability might restrict what is out there at a selected location.
“Over the past two years, Albany Public Library has learned best practices to keep our staff and patrons safe while still providing services to the community within our organizational capacity. By lifting the State of Emergency and pandemic operations protocols, which restricted services across all locations, our staff will be able to pivot services as needed. We will be better equipped to make changes at a micro or branch level, when needed, in order to continue to provide programming, meeting spaces, in-person services, and other resources,” stated APL Interim Director Melanie Metzger.
Every department of the library is open for in-person providers, aside from North Albany. The North Albany department is at the moment closed for renovations.