LPL's COVID-19 Response Information
When will the library reopen?
The Lunenburg Town Manager and the Board of Selectmen will make a decision on when town offices can safely reopen to the public.
They work with the advice of professionals, including the Department of Health, emergency officials and library staff. The town offices may open in stages. If you have not seen it, please read the Town Manger's latest
Public Service Announcement
. She notes that the town offices will not be open to the public on May 18th and includes other important details. Some of the factors that may affect the library’s opening date, hours and services:
- The guidance of the Governor’s phased reopening plan.
- Evidence of little or no community transmission in our area.
- The development of plans and procedures to protect patrons in a high-density, high-touch indoor public space.
- The availability of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)–such as masks and gloves–and approved disinfectants/wipes for non-medical and non-emergency workers.
- More information about children’s safety in indoor public spaces.
- The results of the IMLS/Battelle study, which focuses on how long SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) lives on library materials.
- The completion of repairs and renovations related to COVID-19.
- Building inspections and clearance for public occupancy.
- Guidance from the Health Department, Police Department and other officials on safe reopening, maintenance and cleaning procedures.
Please be patient while we learn more about COVID-19. More research is on the way. We are doing everything we can to make sure that when the library opens, it is safe for you and your family to visit. Until then please enjoy our online and correspondence services, and keep in touch for updates.
Stay in; reach out
This is a hard and frightening time for a lot of people, especially our elders and other vulnerable people who are being asked to stay in. People who work in retail and food service; authors and performers; and gig workers may be facing a sudden loss in income. If you are at less risk, consider how you might help your neighbors, including calling elders frequently so they know they are not alone.
It is normal to feel stressed and uncertain during a disaster. You can call 877-382-1609 for emergency mental health and crisis support. And if you are in a good place, consider volunteering for a mental health hotline.
You can report price gouging to the state Attorney General at: 617-727-8400.
You can also reach out to the library for help finding resources for your situation.
Protect your health & safety
Based on what we’ve seen from other countries, our health system may soon be under strain or even unable to help with non-critical illnesses and injuries. You can help by dedicating some extra attention to your health and safety.
- Wash your hands frequently, especially after using the bathroom, before handling food, and after interacting with sick people.
- Make sure to handle food safely, using these tips from the FDA
- Avoid activities that put you at risk of falling or other accidents.
- Use caution when using home cleaning supplies (see this guide).
- And check out this basic first aid guide for common injuries.
We can all do our part to protect our health so that there will be care available for people who are sick, whether or not they have COVID19.
For the latest information and updates for the town of Lunenburg, check the
For more helpful information, we've compiled a list of trusted resources and sites. See the end of the newsletter for these links.