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Special protocols for public safety
The city of Pearsall re-opened many public facilities last week and has announced new guidelines and restrictions to ensure the public’s health and safety.
Anyone interested in visiting the Pearsall Public Library can do so Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The city is reopening its library under strict health and safety protocols, and social distancing measures remain in place.
Patrons must call in advance to request fax and copy services; library staff will set an appointment time for those seeking the services. Faxing and copying services will not be rendered if appointments are not made in advance.
No more than ten patrons are allowed in the library at one time.
Patrons will be required to wear a mask while in the library; if the mask is deemed unsuitable or the patron does not have one, library staff will provide a face covering.
Upon entering the library patrons must sanitize their hands with the provided hand sanitizer.
The library staff is asking all individuals to abide by the social distancing signage that is placed throughout the facility and that all visitors keep at six-foot distances from each other.
Library computer use is limited to one hour per patron; children may be accompanied by only one adult while in the building.
All books that are returned will be quarantined for 72 hours. Library staff will disinfect all equipment and common areas in the interests of public health.
There will be no public programs hosted at the library; browsing the bookshelves is prohibited. Loitering is strictly prohibited and socializing while in the library is strongly discouraged.
Appointments to visit the library are made by calling (830) 334-2496.
City staff will also enforce health and safety for those park-goers that include required facial coverings for all those age ten and older; large gatherings are prohibited; and social distancing is encouraged.
“We will be controlling the maximum daily attendance at each of our parks to maximize the space available for each park,” city staff wrote in a press release last week.
Parks and Recreation employees will reportedly significantly increase their efforts to sanitize all park equipment on a daily basis, including what the city describes as “high-touch areas” such as picnic tables, benches, playground equipment and trash cans.
The Victor Trevino Sports Complex is open, although visitors engaging in activities at the facility and spectators are doing so “with the knowledge of the risk and potential exposure involved and agree to accept all inherent risks to their personal health,” according to City Hall.
Along with social distancing practices, facial covering requirements and hand sanitizing, park staff have added rules for pre-game and post-game health and safety. Teams must wait by the closest field gate until the previous team exits the dugout; players must provide their own equipment and water bottles; sunflower seeds and spitting are prohibited; team celebrations such as high-fives and after-game handshakes are not allowed; home plate meetings are restricted to the umpire and one player from each team; awards will be given to the head coach and distributed after the game; the umpire will be kept at a distance from the catcher; and foul balls will be sanitized in the dugout.