This past week, Governor Inslee shared updates regarding the State of Washington’s mask mandate, indicating that masking and social distancing would no longer be required indoors for fully vaccinated people. While we are heartened at the progress being made toward ending the pandemic, this sudden announcement has led to some confusion regarding expectations in public spaces like our Library.
At the Jefferson County Library—and on our Bookmobile—we thank you for continuing to wear a mask and practice social distancing while indoors at our facilities. Jefferson County Health Officer Dr. Tom Locke has not yet rescinded the local masking mandate for Jefferson County, which means masks are still required for all staff and patrons of local businesses in our county. Also, not all of our library staff have had the opportunity to become fully vaccinated yet—and the safety and well-being of our staff and community members is a top priority.
We are hopeful that virus rates will continue to drop as vaccination rates climb, and we are excited at the prospect of expanding our hours and increasing services in the coming months. Preparations are underway to meet the Governor’s June 30th deadline for removing capacity limits in our facilities, and you will likely see incremental changes in our operations over the next few weeks. You can find all of our current information, including hours of operation, resources, programs, and more, on our website at: http://www.jclibrary.info — or simply call us at 360-385-6544, Tuesday – Saturday, 10am-5pm.
Thank you for your continued patience and support as we navigate these next steps to best serve our community.
Dr. Tamara R. Meredith
Director, Jefferson County Library