Consultation on Wiltshire Council reopening libraries safely during the COVID-19 pandemic

Message from Wiltshire Council:
 
Following instruction by Government, all Wiltshire libraries temporarily closed on 20 March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, library services have been provided online, and via the Home Library Service to our most vulnerable customers. Our online video content has so far generated more than 83,000 views and we appreciate everyone’s positive support and feedback during this difficult time.
 
On 23 June, Government confirmed libraries can reopen, under strict guidance from 4 July at the earliest. A reopened library service during the COVID-19 pandemic will need to be very different.
 
We would like your views and ideas on how we reopen our libraries safely during the COVID-19 pandemic so that we can shape a service that suits you during this time. Please let us know what the priority services that libraries provide should be and how you can work with us to provide this different library service for the foreseeable future.
 
To ensure the safety of the public, staff, our staff and volunteers, the look and feel of the service we provide will not be the same as pre-COVID-19 with social distancing measures in place and other changes and challenges due to our current resources.
 
Some libraries will remain closed for the foreseeable future and others will not be able to deliver the full range of services or facilities that they did previously.
 
We aim to introduce this library service from 10 August for a six-month period. There will be monthly reviews throughout to assess how effective the service is proving to be.
 
To make sure the services we do operate meet your needs and are as innovative in their delivery as possible we would appreciate you taking a few minutes to complete the survey, which closes on 26 July 2020.
 
Thank you for taking the time to share your views with us.
 

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