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                Face coverings  (as defined in Gallatin City County Health Department Exhibit 1 EHR-2020-007-B Cloth Face Coverings for COVID-19 Prevention – see attachment) are required to be worn by all patrons ages 5 and older while in the Library  This policy is intended to protect vulnerable staff and patrons


                If patrons are unable or unwilling to wear a face covering while in the Library, they are welcome and encouraged to utilize the curbside service, have up to two items per household per week mailed directly to their homes, ask reference questions via phone or email, and have staff browse the collection on their behalf.


                The Library will have disposable masks available for public use.



Revised March 2021




























Face Covering,” as used in the Health Officer Order, means a covering made of cloth, fabric, or other soft or permeable material, without holes, that covers the nose and mouth and surrounding areas of the lower face.  A Face Covering may be factory-made or may be handmade and improvised from ordinary household materials.  The Face Covering should fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face, include multiple layers of fabric, allow for breathing without restriction, and be able to be laundered and machine-dried without damage or change to shape.  A Face Covering should be replaced when it becomes dirty, wet, and/or difficult to breathe through.


Any mask that incorporates a one-way valve (typically a raised plastic cylinder about the size of a quarter on the front or side of the mask) that is designed to facilitate easy exhaling is not a Face Covering under this Order and may not be used to comply with this Order’s requirements.  Valves of that type permit droplet release from the mask, putting others nearby at risk.


A video showing how to make a Face Covering and additional information about how to wear and clean Face Coverings may be found at the website of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at


Should a Face Covering be found to restrict airflow (difficulty breathing), a face shield that covers the eyes, nose, and mouth should be worn.  These should be made of clear plastic and cleaned at least once per day (and best if cleaned multiple times per day).