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Face Covering Policy

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Posted July 13, 2020

Mead Library remains firmly committed to protecting the health and safety of library visitors, staff, volunteers and our wider community.

That’s why effective Monday, July 20 all library visitors ages 5 and up will be required to wear a face covering that covers the mouth and nose at all times while inside the library. All face coverings (whether disposable or reusable) must:

  • Be secured with ties or ear loops and allow the guest to remain hands-free
  • Face coverings containing valves, mesh material or holes of any kind are not acceptable face coverings.
  • Costume masks are not considered appropriate and are prohibited from being worn.

Those without a face covering will be provided one free of charge courtesy of the Sheboygan County Mask Makers. 

We already require Mead staff and volunteers to wear face coverings, and ask that you join us as a face covering protects not just the wearer but others too.

We know people may find this objectionable – but with rising case numbers in Wisconsin, we believe the added safety is worth it, as research suggests wearing a face covering can significantly reduce the spread of COVID-19, including among those who are not aware they are infected.

Ultimately, we are erring on the side of caution in an effort to keep people safe and to be able to continue providing vital services to our community, including computer and internet access, employment resources and educational tools that are as important as ever.

Following the implementation of this policy, we are planning to reopen the third floor Children’s Library on a limited basis. We are currently reworking the space under the guidance of public health officials and expect to have it ready to open in early August. 

The face-covering requirement will remain in place until social distancing guidelines are lifted by public health officials. This policy was enacted with the support of the Mead Public Library Board of Trustees, which has "exclusive charge, control and custody of the library building," per state statute (43.58). 

During this time, the public can still access library services without entering the building by using our curbside pickup service, outdoor book returns and outdoor WiFi. Click here to set up a curbside pickup, or call 920-459-3400, ext. 5.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.