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Library, Park Services Set To Change With End Of Health Order

Library, Park Services Set To Change With End Of Health Order

Following the loosening of restrictions in the state, Mecklenburg County will resume many services Monday, March 1.

Kimberly Johnson, Patch Staff
Following the loosening of restrictions in the state, Mecklenburg County will resume many services Monday, March 1.
Following the loosening of restrictions in the state, Mecklenburg County will resume many services Monday, March 1. (Shutterstock)

CHARLOTTE, NC — Mecklenburg residents will soon have access to more services at libraries, parks and county offices, as public health officials roll back coronavirus restrictions at the county level. Mecklenburg County’s public health directive, which was put in place in January, included a 10 p.m. curfew and urged residents to avoid non-essential travel, is set to expire Friday, Feb. 26 at 5 p.m.

The move follows Gov. Roy Cooper’s announcement earlier in the week that the state would loosen restrictions Friday, Feb. 26, allowing indoor service at bars and spectators at indoor sporting events in limited numbers, as well as gather in larger numbers indoors and outdoors.

The new executive order is set to ease, but not fully eliminate, many COVID-19 restrictions throughout the state, said Cooper, who likened the move to a “dimmer switch.”

While the county order will no longer be in place, county health officials continue to urge residents to limit gatherings with those outside of households until most people are vaccinated, and continue to quarantine and get tested for COVID-19 in the event of exposure or symptoms.Subscribe

“Thanks to our community’s commitment to following the Directive and the prevention measures necessary to continue to slow the spread of COVID-19, our metrics have started to improve,” Public Health Director Gibbie Harris said in a statement. “While the number of cases has decreased and vaccine has become available, that does not mean we are out of the woods yet. Everyone must continue to practice the 3 Ws and avoid gatherings with individuals they do not live with to continue the improvement in metrics and keep our community healthy and safe.”

Some of the county services set to resume Monday, March 1, include:

County Park and Recreation outdoor services — All outdoor Park and Recreation facilities will be accessible for use under normal hours including lighted facilities.

  • Parks, greenways and nature preserves remain open for public use. Programs continue to be offered on a limited basis.
  • Aquatic and fitness amenities at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center will be available by reservation.
  • Reservations for athletics fields will be accepted with restrictions.
  • Indoor and outdoor shelters are open for reservations with capacity requirements.
  • Reservations for camping at McDowell Nature Preserve will be accepted.
  • The SkatePark at Naomi Drenan Recreation Center will reopen.
  • Until further notice, Nature, Recreation and Senior Centers remain closed to the public.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library — Library customers will be allowed to browse books and materials, have access to holds pickup, return materials to designated bins, and access to express computers in some branches.

Here’s what the library says to expect for the Level 2 reopening:

  • The Library will continue be open Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.- 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Closed on Sunday.
  • Staff and customers will wear face masks/coverings as required by the state of North Carolina.
  • Managed maximum number of customers in a branch at a time.
  • Use of social distancing safety markers.
  • Ability to browse for materials.
  • Option to use express computers (through in-branch reservation only) at branch locations EXCEPT Cornelius, Davidson and ImaginOn Libraries.
  • Streamlined self-checkout designed for quick in-and-out and safe, socially-distanced interactions.
  • Mobile printing is available for pickup from the branch.
  • Wi-Fi access is available outside the facility 24/7.
  • Free mobile hotspots are available for customers to place on hold for checkout for seven (7) days at a time.
  • Materials and holds available for pickup inside the branches.
  • All checkouts are self-checkouts. Customers can scan their card (physical or on the app) and the materials. No need to enter the pin.
  • All material/book drops remain closed. Return materials and books to the designated bins located at branch locations only during open hours. Signs will direct customers to the proper bin where returned materials will begin the quarantine process.
  • Fines and fees continue to be suspended.

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