The Jefferson Public Library will close at 6 p.m. on Monday, March 16, 2020 for an indefinite period. This service change is at best unwelcome and inconvenient, but necessary. The Library is unable to guarantee that the building and materials is completely sanitized, to maintain recommended social distance, and to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
We would rather, as a number of libraries and businesses are choosing, close for the greater good than become an epicenter for transmission and spread. We take this measure with a mindset of prudence according to recommendations, not public panic or known exposure.
A prevention mindset helps flatten the curve of exposure risk, assisting our community with the goal of wellness. We understand that public opinion may be varied, however, as a matter of concern and deep understanding of the variety of users of the Library and the limitations of the facility and staff, this difficult decision to close was reached using reputable information and resources.