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Some Libraries Loosening Mask Rules

Tue, 06/22/2021 - 14:14
At the East Hampton Library
Carissa Katz

The lifting of more Covid-19 restrictions last week has impacted mask-wearing rules at local libraries.

At the East Hampton Library, masks are no longer required in the building for vaccinated people. Signs will be put up to encourage unvaccinated people to wear masks. Seating and computers will return to full capacity.

At the John Jermain Memorial Library in Sag Harbor, standards have been gradually relaxed as allowed by law and Centers for Disease Control guidelines. There are now no limits on the length of visits for patrons and the library will be open for more hours, however the library is still requiring staff to wear masks and requesting that patrons do as well.

The Hampton Library in Bridgehampton is encouraging masks, but makes it clear that it is the patrons' choice if they are vaccinated. Those who are unvaccinated must still wear a mask. However, in the Joyce Goldman Children’s Room, masks are required for everyone because children under 12 cannot yet be vaccinated.

The Montauk Library does not require those who are fully vaccinated to wear masks, although it is recommended and encouraged. The library is running on an honor system — those who are not vaccinated must be wearing a mask in accordance with C.D.C. and New York State guidelines.

There have been no changes made yet at the Amagansett Library, where masks are still required for all patrons.

With reporting by Christopher Walsh

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