PITTSBORO — Chatham County has announced the reopening of major facilities after being closed throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, with county libraries, Parks and Recreation facilities and the …
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PITTSBORO — Chatham County has announced the reopening of major facilities after being closed throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, with county libraries, Parks and Recreation facilities and the Chatham County Agriculture and Conference Center providing modified in-person services to the public beginning April 5.
Building capacity is not to exceed more than 50 people at one time per N.C. Executive Order 204 issued by Gov. Roy Cooper on March 23. Services will be modified, and safety precautions will remain in place based on state health guidelines.
“I am grateful that our departments have continued to adapt and find creative ways to serve the public during this challenging year, and we appreciate the community’s patience,” said Chatham County Manager Dan LaMontagne. “As the state eases restrictions, we look forward to interacting with community members and offering the in-person customer service that we have all missed over the last year.”
The following is an overview of reopening plans for the various facilities:
Chatham County Libraries
All Chatham County library branches (Pittsboro, Goldston and Siler City) reopened on April 5 with limited hours of operation from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. In addition to abiding by the 50-person limit inside each facility, browsing collections and checkout is limited to 30 minutes per patron. People are encouraged to use one of three self-serve stations for contactless checkout (Pittsboro branch only).
Public computer use will be first come, first served, and will be for the duration of one hour per day, per patron. Individuals must use their allotted time in one session. Computer users are not permitted to leave and return to a computer workstation mid-session. Computer lab capacity has been reduced at all branches to ensure proper social distancing; eight PC stations at the Pittsboro branch, four at Wren Memorial in Siler City, and four at the Goldston branch.
Curbside service is still available by appointment only. External book drops are open at all locations. More information about the library’s services and programs may be found at chathamlibraries.org.
County Parks & Recreation Department
While the Chatham County Parks and Recreation’s outdoor facilities have been open to the public, the department began accepting indoor reservations April 5. Residents must comply with the gathering limit of 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors, with 6-feet social distancing and face coverings required.
For more information about indoor reservations, programs and events, residents may call 919-545-8551 or visit chathamcountync.gov/parks-recreation.
Agriculture and Conference Center
The Chatham County Agriculture and Conference Center is now taking reservations for meetings and events for external groups. Events and meetings must comply with the gathering limit of 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors, with 6-feet social distancing and face coverings required. These requirements are subject to change as gathering restrictions and safety guidelines may change. Enhanced cleaning protocols will be used between events, including electrostatic spraying of event spaces and wiping down of hard surfaces.
More information about the Ag Center’s facilities and services and how to reserve them can be found at chathammeetings.com.