Goodnow Library Coronavirus Announcement
The Goodnow Library is working closely with the Sudbury Health Department and Town Manager to monitor the latest information and guidelines provided by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) related to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
The Library’s highest priority is the health and well-being of library users, volunteers, and staff. To help ensure that our library is safe and welcoming to all, we have implemented a strategy that prioritizes prevention. At present, there is no change in the library’s hours, however, we are taking the following precautions:
· In response to the Governor’s State of Emergency declaration and recommendation that non-essential gatherings be canceled, we are canceling all library programs through April 12, 2020. This includes the Friends Book and Bake Sale and the Foundation Gala.
· We are also closing our public meeting rooms to outside use through April 13, 2020 and will be in touch with any group scheduled to use these spaces.
· You will find hand sanitizer at all public service desks. Our restrooms have plenty of hot water and soap for washing hands.
· We are doubling down on our cleaning of high-touch areas, such as door handles, stair railings, public computers, and other surfaces.
· We are reducing the number of toys, puzzles, and games from our public areas and sanitizing them daily. We will re-introduce these popular items as soon as we feel it is safe to do so.
· If you have been exposed to COVID-19, or are exhibiting symptoms, please hold onto your library materials until you are well and out of quarantine. The library will waive your overdue fines.
Things are changing quickly and the library will continue to work closely with the Sudbury Health Department and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to determine if other actions are warranted, such as building closure or reductions in service. Please check the library website and social media for frequent updates.
Finally, it is important to remember that COVID-19 isn’t connected to race, ethnicity or nationality. Stigma will not help fight the illness. Sharing accurate information from trusted sources is critical to reduce misinformation. Find reliable and current information about the outbreak from local, state, and national agencies below.
We thank you for your continued support and for helping keep Sudbury safe and welcoming.