Putnam County libraries are closed for public access until further notice starting Wednesday. In an announcement on Facebook, the library system cited concerns for the safety of their staff and the community.
“Numbers are rising, so we took this precaution,” Stella Brown, interim director of the Putnam County library system, said on Wednesday. “A couple of employees got sick, so we did what we had to do.”
The libraries initially closed on March 30 because of the coronavirus pandemic, then reopened with limited hours on Sept. 14.
Employees are still available for patrons over the phone, and the libraries will continue to offer contact-free book pickup. Due dates for materials checked out prior to closure have been extended and fines for overdue materials returned during closure have been waived.