The Okanagan Regional Library Administration Centre is located at 1430 K. L. O. Road in Kelowna, B.C. (Contributed)

Okanagan Regional Library makes changes to operations amid COVID-19 concerns

The Library will be cancelling all programs indefinitely

The Okanagan Regional Library is making changes to its operations in light of growing coronavirus concerns.

It is also urging its users that may be feeling unwell to hold on to their borrowed materials until they are fully recovered. The ORL will be waiving new fines between March 16-April 30.

“Our primary concern is the health and safety of our customers and our staff and those vulnerable in our community,” the Okanagan Regional Library said in a statement.

“While the current risk assessment is still low for the B.C. interior and our communities, we know that it could increase at any time. We have previously cancelled all large programs for 250 or more people to ‘help flatten the curve’ through social distancing as directed by our provincial health officer.”

On Monday, Mar. 16, the library’s leadership team made the decision to cancel all other programs for an indefinite period of time. Much of the planned programming over the next few weeks was special children’s programming occurring over the spring break period.

Many programs involve the use and sharing of small technology pieces as well as crafts and special speakers and events.

These sorts of activities and spaces do not allow us to safely manage the social distancing risk, especially with children, and so during these unusual times, like many organizations across Canada, we have made the difficult choice to cancel these for the safety of our communities.

For now, all branches will be open to the public as usual, but could be subject to closure with little notice depending upon staffing or public health requirements.

Should the library have to fully close, the ORL will be closing all book returns and ask members to keep their borrowed materials until the library re-opens. The library also reminds the public to be vigilant with hand washing and to maintain safe distances.

To this effect, where possible, the library may be moving or removing seating and equipment in our branches to provide more space between people, and will be encouraging people to use the self-checkout machines to minimize contact with staff and others.

READ MORE: COVID-19: No international flights at Kelowna International Airport

READ MORE: UPDATE: Coronavirus concerns prompt event cancellations across the Okanagan


Daniel Taylor
Reporter, Kelowna Capital News
Email me at daniel.taylor@kelownacapnews.com
Follow me on Twitter

Coronavirus

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Development plans in Salmon Arm move forward despite pandemic

March building stats up over last year, city’s planning meeting includes seven applications

Okanagan College student in Salmon Arm designs map tracking spread of COVID-19 in B.C.

Sean Heddle says fighting complacency and misinformation is important

Q&A: Interior Health CEO answers questions on COVID-19 response

Susan Brown, president and CEO of Interior Health, answers questions regarding COVID-19

“I call her my adopted daughter”: Salmon Arm couple embrace student exchange experience

Rotary Youth Exchange students choose to shelter in place during COVID-19 pandemic

Salmon Arm firefighters sound sirens in support of hospital staff

Fire chief hopes to have more emergency responders involved in upcoming parade

B.C. couple celebrates 61st anniversary through seniors’ home window

Frank and Rena Phillips marked occasion at Nanaimo Seniors Village this week while social distancing

COVID-19: South Okanagan community salutes frontline medical staff

“Honk for the unsung heros. Thanks to each and every one of you”

A look at some of the B.C. inventors creating life-saving tools in fight against COVID-19

Groups across B.C. are working together to create what they hope will help people affected by the pandemic

Association launches French-language games, online tools for families learning at home

Games, culture and vocabulary included in new virtual resources

‘There can be no ambiguity’: Travellers brought home to B.C. must self-isolate

Health Minister Adrian Dix said the mandatory isolation must be abided by

Interior Health confirms five additional cases in West Kelowna COVID-19 outbreak

The total amount of confirmed cases at Bylands Nurseries Ltd. is 19; no further cases expected

Summerland’s April 1 snow measurements above normal

Measurements taken at Summerland Reservoir and Isintok Lake

Okanagan Skaha School Board does not anticipate closures

School district budget tight as a result of declining enrolment

55+ BC Games cancelled amid COVID-19 concerns

Greater Victoria set to host 2021 event

Most Read