The third floor of Hastings Central Library, including its reference section, was reopened to the public this week, having remained off limits for four weeks longer than other areas. 

Asked why there had been such a delay despite all government restrictions on access and use being lifted from 19th July, a spokesperson for East Sussex County Council said: “As the Government has indicated, the lifting of restrictions does not mean the risks from Covid-19 have disappeared.

“Decisions on the reopening of library services continue to be informed by our own risk assessments and government guidance, which allows libraries to implement a phased approach to the removal of restrictions and implementation of controls.  

“The reopening of the third floor was delayed to enable work, including the installation of counter screens and adjustments to the lay-out to allow visitors more space, to be completed. We are sorry for any inconvenience the delay may have caused”.

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