Libraries to reopen as soon as safely possible

Some of Norfolk’s libraries are hoping to be able to reopen to the public from Monday, July 6.

Norfolk County Council’s Libraries and Health and Safety teams are working hard to put the right measures in place to ensure they can open to the public with minimal risk to staff and visitors.

This work, which includes site visits, layout changes and briefings and training for all library staff, will keep any risk to a minimum but will continue over the coming weeks, meaning not all libraries will be able to open at the same time.

Details of locations, the services offered and the opening dates of the library branches due to open in the coming weeks will be published next week, and Norfolk’s long-term plan is to make sure that all of the county’s libraries reopen as soon as it is safe to do so.

Margaret Dewsbury, Norfolk County Council’s cabinet member for communities and partnerships, said: “Libraries can play a central role in our communities, and losing these services during lockdown has helped many of us realise just how important they are.

“We’re determined to reopen our libraries safely and are working flat out to do so, and I’m looking forward to sharing more details with you all next week.”

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