County services, libraries cutback due to COVID spike

Due to increasing COVID-19 cases in Santa Rosa County, County Administrator Dan Schebler announced July 9 the county is cutting back face-to-face interactions where feasible.

In the last week, Santa Rosa County added 341 new cases, bringing the total cases to more than 1,000.  

County departments will coordinate customer service and citizen interactions by appointment only, whenever possible. Employees will be required to wear face masks, and gloves will be required when appropriate.

Schebler said they will not be closing office lobbies as they did during the start of the pandemic, but appointments and using online services will be encouraged.

“We are not locking the front door,” he said.

The county library system will also be taking a step back for the sake of caution. Beginning July 20, library patrons will only be allowed to enter the library for computer use. Browsing will not be allowed, and a limited number of socially distanced computers will be available on one-hour sessions, no extensions allowed. Reservations will not be required but are available.

Masks will also be encouraged, and a limited number will be provided at library entrances for patrons.

The libraries will be providing curbside service and pickups, where patrons may place holds on an item online.  Patrons can also access free online resources and make returns via the drop box.

Hours for curbside service and computer use are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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