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Tue, 17 Aug 2021 12:51:02 -0400
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After two weeks of sustained levels I continually revisit whether I
require the public to mask, just continuing to require staff to mask, or
if I should send a memo to staff that they may opt to keep it in their
shirt pockets until they are in close proximity with patrons. It's all
contingent on trending data. 

It's easier to pivot with just staff than the entire city. Patrons are
still opting for masks more often as they see us masked. I must say,
another excellent move is just keeping masks in place for everyone like
McArthur, if you feel the community would be receptive. We very
seriously considered that. 

The WHO never backed down from mask recommendations, whereas I think the
CDC changed up in attempt to encourage vaccination, and in response to
then available data. 

My two pence, and none the richer, 


On 2021-08-17 12:12, Karen Eger wrote:

> We are planning to keep the masking in place as the confusion of switching policies according to the case numbers and designated colors is confusing for people.  I expect fall and winter aren't going to result in a better scenario, so wonderful as it was in June and July to think we had turned the corner, we probably have not.
> Karen McCarthy Eger
> Library Director
> she/her/hers
> South Berwick Public Library
> 27 Young Street
> South Berwick, ME 03908
> 207-384-3308
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> From: Maine Libraries Discussion List <[log in to unmask]> on behalf of Josh Tiffany <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Tuesday, August 17, 2021 11:55 AM
> To: [log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: [MELIBS-L] Mask plans from orange to yellow?
> Greetings and salutations,
> Forgive me for asking a general question about a specific county.
> While the 7-day case rate average is increasing across the state, for
> Cumberland County it is decreasing.  In looking at the 7-day average per
> 100,000 population, the numbers have gone from 69.15 on August 12th to 51.77
> as of today (based on daily data from Portland Press Herald).  If the
> numbers progress in such a fashion, Cumberland County may be yellow as soon
> as tomorrow.
> If / when / (hopefully) that occurs, what are people's immediate and / or
> long term plans in regards to messaging and policies regarding masking?
> Will mask requirements / recommendations stay in place for a period of time
> into yellow, or will they immediately change?  Will going yellow change any
> other operations in long or short term?
> As we all learned before, it is almost as hard getting out of a pandemic as
> it is getting into one, so I was hoping to gain some insight into the
> thinking of others on this.
> And I desperately hope that I'm not counting my chickens too early.
> Thanks for any thoughts you may have,
> Josh
> Joshua Tiffany, MLIS
> Director - Gray Public Library
> Minerva Executive Board Member / Treasurer
> Chair - Minerva Cataloging Committee
> Minerva Circulation Standards Member
> (207) 657-4110
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