Wegmans changing hours, and other Webster coronavirus updates

13 Mar

Cancellations, closings and public health information are still coming fast and furious as local businesses and community agencies try to get ahead of the COVID-19 curve.  Below are some of the latest announcements. If your organization has information you would like me to share, please email me at missyblog@gmail.com.

Thank you to Webster People, Places News and Events Facebook page for providing much of this information. That would be a great page to “like” to help you keep on top of things.

Wegmans

Effective immediately, all Wegmans locations will close overnight to allow the stores to be cleaned and items to restocked. All New York State stores (except Brooklyn) will be open from 6 a.m. to midnight. That includes our Webster branches.

(Read more from this story in this D&C article. )

Community Arts Day

Anyone with kids in our Webster schools has already heard that all PTSA-sponsored events have been cancelled through Spring Break. So far that does NOT include Community Arts Day, which is scheduled for April 18. The way things are going, there’s a real possibility that it, too, will be cancelled.

The organizers write,

If in the event that cancellation is imminent, the CAD planning team will do everything in its power to try and reschedule for a later date. … Please direct any questions to CAD@websterptsa.org.

No word yet on the Greater Rochester Peep Show, which is scheduled for March 28 and 29. Stay tuned.

DMV

This notice from the Department of Motor Vehicles:

The Monroe County Clerk’s Office will be temporarily suspending our Mobile DMV Units beginning on Friday, March 13 until April 1 (subject to review and extension). To help promote safe practices of social distancing, we encourage residents who may need to visit a DMV to take advantage of our online appointment system and avoid waiting in longer lines: https://monroedmv.setmore.com/.

Anyone needing DMV services will be able to access all four of our branch locations (Rochester, Henrietta, Greece and Irondequoit) during this time. We apologize for this inconvenience and thank you for your patience as we work to support the overall health of our customers and staff.

Our Webster DMV usually visits the Webster Public Library on Mondays.

Yesterday’s Muse Books

This from Jonathan Smalter at Yesterday’s Muse Books:

As the situation with COVID-19 develops, so has Yesterday’s Muse Books’ response in terms of preventative action. Our shop remains open, and precautions are being taken to sterilize high-traffic surfaces (door handles, phones, all bathroom surfaces, keyboards and other office equipment, etc.). We are fully stocked with hand soap and cleaning supplies, and we have hand sanitizer available for the use of patrons at checkout.

We do understand that some are changing their habits to limit the risk to themselves and their community, so we would like to remind all customers that our full stock of nearly 17,000 books is available to view and purchase online at www.yesterdaysmuse.com. If you are elderly, immunocompromised, believe you are a carrier of the virus, or simply prefer to behave with an abundance of caution, we encourage you to shop using your computer or wireless device. We are happy to ship your order, and our staff is still available to answer questions by phone or e-mail.

For the time being, the open hours during which we review your books for purchase or trade will remain the same, but if additional restrictions are put in place this may change, so please feel free to call to confirm, or to make an appointment if necessary.

We hope that we will continue to be your destination for good books!

Webster Public Library

In my last blog post, I relayed a notice from the Webster Public Library about their suspension of programming. In their latest email, they tell us about other measures they’re undertaking to keep their patrons safe — AND want to remind us all about their drive-up pick-up service.

Worried about COVID-19 (Coronavirus)?

At this time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have stated that there is no reason to take any special precautions aside from ones you would regularly take to avoid the flu and colds. Cover your coughs and sneezes, wash your hands, and stay home if you are ill.

Here at the Webster Public Library, we are working on taking precautions to ensure the health and wellness of our community. We are cleaning and disinfecting high-traffic areas of our library multiple times a day, especially the public computers and the Children’s Room, including the toys with a sanitation cycle on our dishwasher. We are encouraging staff members to stay home if they are unwell. We will continue to monitor the situation and take additional precautions as they are recommended.

There is a low chance of the virus passing through physical library materials, but this is a perfect time to remind you of our online resources that you can use in the comfort of your own home! With your library card you can access our e-book, audiobook, magazine, and movie collection via the apps OverDrive or Libby, both available to download on smart phones and tablets.

And don’t forget about our new Drive-Up, Pick-Up service—if there’s an item you want, let us know in advance and then call us when you’re here. You pull up out front and we’ll bring your items out to your car.

If you have questions or concerns for us, please give us a call at (585) 872-7075, or email webster.reference@libraryweb.org.

The library folks also shared this really neat infographic with me (below), which I am pleased to pass along. It’s really a good illustration of how important this service is to our community. So let’s not let this virus scare us away! If we’re going to be spending more time at home, we’re going to need some good reads!

WPL 2020

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