The county’s parks and library branches this week will begin lifting some restrictions imposed as part of the COVID-19 lockdown and offering certain services and amenities.

Beginning today (June 29), Montgomery Parks will be reopening playgrounds to patrons under certain guidelines: park users must observe social distancing of at least six feet from others, limit group sizes to 50 or fewer, and wear face coverings when in proximity to others.

In addition, park patrons should bring their own disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizers.

Montgomery Parks estimates it will take 10–15 days to reopen all 276 playgrounds.

Also starting June 29, public library branch book drops will be open at all branches to return borrowed library materials except for Go Kits, laptops/hotspots, and items from the Library of Things Music.

In addition, telephone service will be reinstated at branches, except for Noyes Library for Young Children and Long Branch.

Branches also will begin offering contactless pick-up service on Monday, July 6 for items placed on hold. Patrons can reserve materials for pick-ups by appointment online or by calling a local branch.

Branch hours will be limited and fines on overdue materials will continue to be suspended. Three-week due dates fro materials will be reinstituted on July 6.

Finally, branches are not accepting book donations, which should be taken to Friends of the Library Montgomery County bookstore.  

More information on the library system’s reopening will be available online as it is finalized.

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Mike Diegel