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Chandler Public Libraries Lift Capacity Limitations

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has lifted one of the pandemic safety precautions that limited the number of people in businesses. Although it’s not a commercial business, Chandler is allowing more people into its libraries

Andy Bass, director of community services, says Chandler libraries will continue to follow the precautions such as wearing masks, having plexiglass barriers and cleaning. 

Bass also says people need the services offered. When schools first went virtual the libraries saw how important it was to access WiFi for school. He also adds sometimes people just need to take a break or to read a book. 

Before the capacity lift, Chandler Public Libraries were at a 25% capacity. 

Other Valley cities are taking more of a wait-and-see approach.

Glendale libraries have placed the most wanted items at the front and residents can request other items for pick up. Phoenix libraries are still operating with curbside services and will be discussing a return schedule. 

Amanda Day is an intern at KJZZ who started in January 2021. She is currently a junior at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, majoring in journalism with a minor in theater.Day is from Minnesota whose interest in journalism was sparked during her senior year of high school. She had the opportunity to report for and anchor the newscast for her school. After she graduates college, she wants to become a local news reporter for either radio or television.When Day is not working, she enjoys acting, dancing, hiking and biking.