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Public library no longer shelved in West Nipissing

The main branch in Sturgeon Falls and satellite libraries in Cache Bay, Field, and Verner opened for business Tuesday, while the River Valley branch remains closed
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With increased health and safety protocols in place, the West Nipissing Public Library has reopened four of its five branches. File photo.

The West Nipissing Public Library says it is looking forward to seeing some friendly faces — behind face coverings, mind you —  as it opens its doors again.

Four of the five branches of the West Nipissing Public Library have reopened for business with increased health and safety protocols in place.

The main branch in Sturgeon Falls and satellite libraries in Cache Bay, Field, and Verner opened for business today, while the River Valley branch remains closed.

For more information and branch hours, click here.

There are some new rules related to the COVID-19 pandemic library patrons must be aware of before accessing the facilities.

A limited number of people can be inside the buildings at one time and face coverings are required inside the library, as mandated by the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit. WNPL continues to offer curbside pick-up of orders placed online, by email, or phone.

The library does not supply face coverings and visitors are encouraged to leave their personal belongings at home, if possible. If you must bring any personal items, WNPL kindly asks you not to set them down at any time. No personal items are permitted on the counter.

Visitors are asked to follow floor markings to maintain social distancing and be respectful to others as delays are expected as staff and the members of the public navigate the new protocols.

Children must remain with a parent or guardian during the duration of the visit and no food or beverages are permitted inside the library. There will be no access to public washrooms.

Computer use is available by appointment only but according to the West Nipissing Public Library, WiFi access is available from vehicles in Verner, Cache Bay and Field during hours of operation.

For the complete guidelines for visitors to the West Nipissing Public Library, click here.

Meanwhile, in North Bay, West Nipissing's neighbours to the east are sticking to curb-side service until after Labour Day.

In late July, the Municipality of West Nipissing advised residents the Community and Recreation Centre and the Sturgeon River House Museum would remain closed until at least September.

Stephan Poulin, West Nipissing's Director of Economic Development and Community Services tells BayToday the decision to delay the reopening of amenities such as the pool, fitness centres, and the museum has been made entirely with the safety of citizens in mind.

He says West Nipissing is working with the local health unit to ensure when members do return, the municipal facilities meet public health requirements and the services are safe. Poulin stresses infection prevention control measures must be effective and in place before reopening.

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