Crewkerne Library and all libraries across Somerset will close later today, to combat the coronavirus, Covid-19. In a statement from Somerset County Council its Chief Executive, Pat Flaherty said: “Somerset County Council is moving into business continuity mode and will be taking a number of steps to keep services running while minimising the spread of the virus. This means that from March 19th, most council buildings will be closed, public meetings and events postponed or moved online and office based staff will be working from home.”
All library book loans are being automatically renewed until July 1st and any fines incurred from having previously taken out audio books or DVD’s will be waived, when the libraries reopen. People are being encouraged to use the online library services at www.somersetreads.co.uk where books, audio books and magazines can be downloaded.
Other council run front-line services, like adults and children’s social care, highways maintenance and the Somerset Direct Contact Centre on 0300 123 2224, will continue to support the public as normal. Mr Flaherty said: “This is a fast moving situation but we have well rehearsed plans and are fully prepared to continue delivering vital services – albeit sometimes in a different way. We will of course continue to look after the vulnerable and this will be our priority as the situation develops.” For more information, please visit www.somerset.gov.uk