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Although it’s not a legal requirement to wear a face covering in libraries, Suffolk Libraries is asking people to carry on wearing masks in the interests of other customers and staff amid concerns over the new Omicron variant.

Customers are also encouraged to use hand sanitiser and respect other customers’ personal space.

As face coverings in Post Offices are mandatory, this will also be the case in Stradbroke Library which has a post office.

Catherine Jeromson, Support Services Librarian, Shetland Library (left) receives late return of book from Christine Douglas, Bungay Community Library. A book borrowed from a library in Shetland has been returned – 37 years late. See SWNS story SWSCbook. The copy of To Sea in a Sieve by Peter Bull was due to be returned to Shetland Library in July 12, 1983. In August last year it was handed in to Bungay Community Library in Bungay, Suffolk – 750 miles away - by a woman whose late husband had originally borrowed the book. And on Saturday (June 5) the book was finally returned to Shetland Library after being personally escorted by staff from the Bungay Community Library. (53417123)
Catherine Jeromson, Support Services Librarian, Shetland Library (left) receives late return of book from Christine Douglas, Bungay Community Library. A book borrowed from a library in Shetland has been returned – 37 years late. See SWNS story SWSCbook. The copy of To Sea in a Sieve by Peter Bull was due to be returned to Shetland Library in July 12, 1983. In August last year it was handed in to Bungay Community Library in Bungay, Suffolk – 750 miles away - by a woman whose late husband had originally borrowed the book. And on Saturday (June 5) the book was finally returned to Shetland Library after being personally escorted by staff from the Bungay Community Library. (53417123)

"Although the government has not made this (wearing masks) a legal requirement in libraries, they strongly recommend that people wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces, so we’re asking people to respect the safety of other customers in light of the concern over this new variant," said Bruce Leeke, CEO of Suffolk Libraries.

All other library services and activities will continue as normal.

Suffolk Libraries is also reminding people they can pick up packs of lateral flow tests from libraries.