ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (Fort Wayne's NBC) - The Allen Count Public Library has decided to require masks to be worn by library staff and visitors until at least April 30.
This decision was made after a meeting held by the ACPL's Board of Trustees.
The Board has approved to change the age requirement for mask wearing to 8 years and older, which is a change from 3 years of age.
“Over the past year, the library has been guided by the recommendations of the CDC, as well as state and local health officials. Our primary goal is to serve the community, while at the same time protecting the health of our staff and library visitors. We have not yet reached a point where we are ready to lift the library’s mask mandate. What they will take into consideration at that time are local positivity rates, what effect if any spring break had on the spread of COVID in our region, and whether our staff have had sufficient opportunity to receive their second vaccination shot,”Stephanny Smith, ACPL’s Director of Community Engagement.
Library visitors who do not wear a mask or do not wear it properly, by fully covering the mouth and nose, may be asked to leave the library.
ACPL continues to offer curbside delivery at all locations for those who are not comfortable entering the library.
The Board stated that it will revisit the mask mandate at its next meeting on Thursday, April 22.