Curbside Pickup

Contactless curbside pickup is still available at both branches during the current stay at home order. You can call the Buckhorn branch at 705-657-3695 Tuesday to Saturday between 10 and 4:00. The Cavendish branch is offering curbside pickup every Saturday between 10 to 4:00.

 

 

The news release is posted here: https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/61192/ontario-strengthens-enforcement-of-stay-at-home-order

In this release, the government is “is strengthening enforcement of the province's Stay-at-Home order while imposing new travel restrictions and further strengthening public health measures."   Some key highlights are:

 

-       “Both the provincial declaration of emergency and the Stay-at-Home order (O.Reg 265/21) have been extended for an additional two weeks to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The Stay-at-Home order currently in effect requires everyone to remain at home except for specified purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services (including getting vaccinated), for outdoor exercise, or for work that cannot be done remotely.” 

-       “Prohibit all outdoor social gatherings and organized public events, except for with members of the same household or one other person from outside that household who lives alone or a caregiver for any member of the household;

 

For libraries, if staff can work from home, they should; but those staff needed to support curbside pickup, can go out to work.  In terms of service, the same measures apply as outlined in the provincewide emergency brake, that is, “All other public health and workplace safety measures for non-essential retail under the provincewide emergency brake (i.e., curbside pick-up and delivery only), will continue to apply

 

The information on the “emergency brake” for libraries is found in regulation (O. Reg. 82/20)  Schedule 3 which reads:

 

“Public libraries

1. (1) Public libraries may only open if they comply with the following conditions:

1.  Circulating materials must be reserved over the telephone or online.

2.  Circulating materials may only be exchanged with members of the public through contactless drop-off, pick-up or delivery.

3.  Patrons must only be permitted to enter the premises to facilitate contactless drop-off and pick-up.

4.  Patrons must not be permitted to be in the book stacks, or to handle circulating materials that are shelved, or in other areas of library storage.

5.  Circulating materials returned to the library must be disinfected or quarantined for an appropriate period of time before they are recirculated.

6.  The person responsible for the public library must comply with subsection (3), if applicable.

 

(2) The conditions set out in paragraphs 3 and 4 of subsection (1) do not apply with respect to any space the library provides for,

(a)  Revoked: O. Reg. 239/21, s. 3 (1).

(b)  a provider of child care within the meaning of the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014;

(c)  mental health support services or addictions support services, so long as no more than 10 people are permitted to occupy the space; or

(d)  the provision of social services.

 

(3) The person responsible for a public library shall,

(a)  record the name and contact information of every member of the public who attends the space described in subsection (2);

(b)  maintain the records for a period of at least one month; and

(c)  only disclose the records to a medical officer of health or an inspector under the Health Protection and Promotion Act on request for a purpose specified in section 2 of that Act or as otherwise required by law.”