Enoch Pratt Library Cuts Hours and Online Programs – CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) – The Enoch Pratt Free Library is cutting its hours in January as part of an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19.

In addition to reducing its hours of operation, the library announced Monday that it is bringing programs online in person and suspending passport services.

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Starting January 3, library branches will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday. The pitches will be closed on Sundays and Mondays.

Pratt Library President and CEO Heidi Daniel lamented the reduction in hours, but said the move was necessary to protect customers and employees.

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“This temporary January schedule allows us to stagger staff to increase social distancing in our buildings and accommodate staff who need to self-isolate due to exposure to COVID-19,” Daniel said.

The heightened security measures come as Maryland grapples with an increase in COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations.

Customers are still required to follow the library’s existing COVID-19 protocols, which include health exams and wearing face masks indoors.

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The library lends WiFi hotspots and tablets to customers in need, and it also offers in-car WiFi access at nine locations.

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