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London's Central Library closes after several staff test positive for COVID-19

London's Central Library has shuttered after several employees tested positive for COVID-19.

London Public Library says previous library patrons had 'little to no exposure'

London Public Library is working with the Middlesex-London Health Unit on contact tracing and other workplace protocols after 'several' employees at its Central branch downtown tested positive for COVID-19. (Alvin Yu/CBC News)

London's Central Library has closed its doors after several employees tested positive for COVID-19.

The London Public Library announced the closure of its downtown branch in a statement Thursday, noting there is little risk of exposure to patrons. 

"We have closed Central Library including Pick Up Service at Central Library until further notice to allow for contact tracing and all necessary precautions related to supporting our staff and to conduct a deep clean of all areas of Central Library," said Ellen Hobin, communications manager with the London Public Library.

The library is working with the Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) on contact tracing and other workplace safety protocols. The library has not disclosed how many employees contracted the virus. 

"Due to the nature of Library Pick Up service and the health and safety measures in place, it is believed that there is little to no risk to Library patrons of exposure having taken place," Hobin said.

Items on the hold shelf at the central branch will remain available until after it re-opens. Pick-up service will remain available at other locations.

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