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Hastings Museum and Library to present opening plans to city council for approval

Before the Hastings Museum and Library can open, they must present their detailed opening...
Before the Hastings Museum and Library can open, they must present their detailed opening plans for the city council to approve. (KSNB) (KSNB)
Published: Jun. 19, 2020 at 4:12 PM CDT
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The Hastings City Council approved the Hastings Museum and Library plans for reopening by an 8-0 vote at their meeting June 22.

Much of Nebraska is moving to Phase 3 of reopening on Monday and some Hastings facilities are excited to get their doors open. First they need approval from the city council. Both the Hastings Museum and Hastings Public Library will present their plans at the Monday council meeting.

The museum plans detail how they will have their own three phases of opening. The first phase, if approved, will begin June 29. It will be only open to museum members for the first two weeks with limited hours for cleaning. The planetarium will be closed in the first phase and movies will be limited.

Since some of the exhibits can't be disinfected for risk of damaging them they have other ways to keep them clean. They have a chart available to see what methods they will use to clean each location and exhibit. People can expect to see plexiglass barriers and employees wearing masks and frequently wiping down surfaces.

Phase 2 would begin in mid-July. Then the general public will be allowed inside. The planetarium will open and more movies will be considered. Patrons will be asked in all phases to socially distance. They encourage people to wear masks and wash their hands frequently.

The Hastings Public Library has been closed to the public since March and only recently they have been checking out books again. But now they are presenting their plan to open their doors starting the first week of july.

In their plan, they state hours will be 9-6 Monday through Saturday. The first hour will be reserved for high-risk people and those over the age of 60. Only 100 people will be allowed in at a time and there will be limits on computer and seating time.

Story times and programming will continue to be online through August. Children under 13 must be with an adult over the age of 18. Meeting rooms will be open with capacity limits based on the room size.

Employees will be wiping down surfaces frequently throughout the day. Customers will be encouraged to use the self-check option or the contactless pick up outside when they can. Washing hands and wearing cloth masks is also encouraged inside.

The Hastings City Council approved the Hastings Museum and Library plans for reopening by an 8-0 vote on their meeting, July 22.