How libraries, community centers are responding to COVID uptick

Published on August 24, 2021

a child wearing a mask enthusiastically gives the camera a thumbs up

Fort Worth’s community centers and the Fort Worth Public Library are responding to the current surge in coronavirus cases. The increase is due to the more contagious Delta variant of COVID-19.

Under Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order, Fort Worth is barred from requiring masks for in-person programs, including after-school programs in community centers and libraries. Despite the order, city staff remains vigilant with rigorous cleaning protocols and enforcement of proper hygiene practices for staff and program participants.

In addition, these activities are taking place at all facilities:

  • Mask wearing by staff and the public is encouraged. Masks are provided to guests if they want one.
  • Plexiglas barriers are in areas with high public interaction.
  • Signs encouraging social distancing have been refreshed.
  • Staff is providing vaccination education and encouraging patrons to sign up at a kiosk.
  • Temperature scanners were redeployed to community centers on Aug. 20.

In the libraries, virtual programming continues for youth of all ages, including story times, STEM programs, author visits, maker and craft programs, book clubs and more.

All in-person library programs will be held outdoors through Aug. 31. Indoor, in-person programming is scheduled to begin in September. Staff engaging with youth during story time will wear special see-through masks that allow for more clear communication.

“Our goal is to provide a safe environment for our patrons, especially our children and young adults,” Library Director Manya Shorr said. “To do so, staff will continue to monitor best practices for public program providers and adjust procedures as necessary.”

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