KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
November 5, 2020
By Natalie Cook Clark
Fort Bend County Libraries start phase two of reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic today. Locally, the Cinco Ranch Branch Library offers limited in-person services.
Katy's Cinco Ranch Branch Library Among Fort Bend Libraries Welcoming Patrons
Four of the public libraries in Fort Bend County have been operating as Grab-and-Go locations, but that changes today. George Memorial Library in Richmond, Missouri City Branch Library, Sienna Branch Library, and Katy’s Cinco Ranch Branch Library all will welcome in-person patrons today, with restrictions.
“We miss all of our patrons, and we know how important our libraries are to their daily lives,” says Library Director Clara Russell. “We want to return to ‘normal’ service as soon as possible, but this needs to happen in phases so that we can keep everyone safe and healthy.”
A limited number of patrons will be allowed into the library at a time. The number will be determined by the reduced capacity requirements for each building. Only the first floor will be accessible to the public.
Safety Precautions Include:
Computers will be spaced apart so that social distancing is observed.
Computer sessions will be limited to two hours, and each station will be cleaned on a set schedule throughout the day.
Children/patrons will not be able to wait in the library while someone else uses a computer.
Casual seating, lounging areas, and study tables will not be available.
Meeting rooms and study rooms will not be open.
Cash cannot be accepted for fines or fees.
Programming and events for children, teens, and adults will remain online and in virtual formats.
Donations of books cannot be accepted at this time.
Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Patrons will be able to: