Library to require all customers to wear masks

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Move comes in response to Columbus indoor mask order

COLUMBUS—During a special session held this afternoon, Columbus Metropolitan Library’s (CML) Board of Trustees approved an indoor mask requirement for all CML library customers, regardless of their vaccination status, beginning tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 10. The vote comes after Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther issued an indoor mask requirement order for the City of Columbus.

Of CML’s 23 library locations, 15 are within Columbus city limits. Today’s vote by CML’s Board of Trustees extends that indoor mask order to include all 23 library locations, including those eight located outside of Columbus: CML’s Canal Winchester, Dublin, Hilliard, Gahanna, New Albany, Reynoldsburg, Southeast and Whitehall branches.

CML staff members have been required to wear masks, regardless of their vaccination status, since earlier this summer.

Columbus Metropolitan Library has served the people of Franklin County, Ohio since 1873. With its Main Library and 22 branches, CML is well known for signature services and programs like School Help, Reading Buddies, Summer Reading Challenge and Ready for Kindergarten. The library’s Strategic Plan supports the vision of “a thriving community where wisdom prevails,” which positions CML to respond to areas of urgent need: kids unprepared for kindergarten, third grade reading proficiency, high school graduation, college and career readiness and employment resources.

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