Face masks or cloth face coverings are now required to be worn inside all Johnson County Library branches, in accordance with Kansas Governor Laura Kelly's statewide order and the Board of County Commissioners’ Thursday, July 2 vote to uphold the order. The mask requirement applies to all patrons, volunteers and Library staff unless otherwise exempted.
Johnson County Library has ordered a stock of single-use masks that will be available to our patrons as supplies allow. We anticipate these will be available in branches later this week. We also ask that all visitors to our buildings continue to follow recommended preventative measures, such as physical distancing of at least six feet, frequent hand-washing or sanitizing, and staying home if you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19.
- What counts as a mask or face covering?
According to the executive order, “a ‘mask or other face covering’ means a covering of the nose and mouth that is secured to the head with ties, straps, or loops over the ears or is simply wrapped around the lower face. A mask or other face covering can be made of a variety of synthetic and natural fibers, including cotton, silk, or linen… A mask or other face covering may be factory-made, sewn by hand, or can be improvised from household items such as scarfs, bandanas, t-shirts, sweatshirts or towels.”
- Will the Library be providing masks to patrons, staff and volunteers?
We will have disposable masks available in our branches for patron use. Cloth masks have been provided to all staff and volunteers.
- How are we letting visitors know about the mask requirement in our buildings?
In addition to email and notifications on our website and social media channels, we will have signs at our entry points and throughout our buildings stating that masks are required per the governor’s executive order.
- Who is exempt from wearing a mask?
The governor’s order lists several exemptions to the mask order, including:
- Persons age five years or under
- Persons with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a face covering
- Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing, or communicating with a person who is deaf or hard of hearing
If you cannot wear a mask, we ask that you maintain six feet of distance between staff and other patrons.
Thank you for your patience as we work through what this new directive means for Johnson County Library!