Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued a series of guidelines in two Executive Orders on Friday, April 17, marking the first steps to re-open Texas business. Executive Order GA-15 and GA-16 allow select activities and services that pose minimal to no threat of spreading COVID-19 to reopen using a "Retail-To-Go" model. The orders also loosen certain restrictions on surgeries, and officially close Texas schools for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year.
Local and other state regulations to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus still apply. These include the closure of City of Longview playgrounds, encouragement for residents to wear a non-medical grade mask or cloth face covering, maintaining a voluntary curfew and prohibitions against social gathering. Additionally, retail stores are still required to maintain a safety officer and abide by social distancing rules and practices. City offices remain closed to the public except by appointment.
In keeping with Gov. Abbott’s new orders, the Longview Public Library will re-open its curbside pickup service beginning Friday, April 24. Curbside services will be made available to anyone with a good standing library account. The service will be available Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday, 1:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.
At least 24 hours prior to pick up, patrons will place a hold on their online account or call 903-237-1350 at the times listed above. Library staff will notify customers when items are available and then bring the pre-ordered library items to patron’s cars in the back of the library. The book drops located behind the building will also be re-opened beginning Friday, April 24. The library will remain closed to the public until further notice.