At a special meeting last night, the Midlothian Public Library Board of Trustees voted to follow the latest CDC guidelines on masking. Effective immediately, masks will be encouraged but no longer required at the library, as the new CDC metrics place Cook County in the low COVID-19 Community Level.

In addition, other temporary changes to the library's behavior policy for the COVID-19 crisis have been relaxed. Food and drink are again allowed (beverages in covered containers and food only in the café area). Children 8 and up are welcome without adult supervision, and children under 8 may again be supervised by a responsible caregiver age 14 or older.

The library will continue to provide the opportunity for, but will no longer require, social distancing at library programs.

Masks will continue to be required for individuals age 2 and up at programs aimed at children ages 5 and under, who cannot yet be vaccinated.

The library also reserves the right to request that patrons wear a mask when receiving one-on-one help from a staff member within less than 6 feet of social distance for transactions likely to take more than 5 minutes.

These provisions are subject to change according to community risk metrics.