PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – COVID cases continue to rise in Calvert County and have now reached higher positivity rates than this community has seen in the six months before and after the new year holiday spike that prompted Calvert Library to shift to phone/curbside-only service for three weeks.  Calvert County is classified as an area of high transmission. Given how contagious the Delta variant has proven to be, the Board of Library Trustees (BOLT) has now issued a mask requirement for all visitors to Calvert Library. 

BOLT President, Jeffrey Lewis, said, “Our neighboring county recently closed a library branch temporarily because they were no longer able to staff the building due to COVID.  On the advice of Calvert County Health Officer Dr. Polsky, the library has been recommending that customers wear masks since July.  Based on his advice, and since transmission rates are higher now and inside storytime is about to begin, the Board voted to require that customers wear a mask during their visit. For those who do not want to wear a mask covering their nose and mouth, our staff are happy to serve them through contactless curbside appointments for materials and even print or copy jobs. Reference questions and technology training can be done over the phone or via Zoom.  Wifi is available in our parking lots and we even have Chromebooks and hotspots that customers can check out.  We want to continue offering library services to anyone who needs them.  Hopefully this will be a temporary measure and when transmission rates drop we will be able to allow fully vaccinated customers to go back to not wearing a mask.”

Vaccines continue to be available from the Health Department and appointments are easy to get through or by calling 410-535-5400×388.

For more information, call Robyn Truslow at 410-535-0291.