Norfolk County Archives reopens with restrictions in place

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Norfolk County Archives reopened its doors to the public this week with new COVID-19 restrictions.


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Like many other public facilities, the archives have been closed since the start of the pandemic in early 2020.

The building, located at 109 Norfolk Street S. was to reopen on Oct. 5.

Visiting hours are Tuesdays to Fridays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. by appointment only.

Mondays will be used for staff to work on requests that were submitted while the archive building was closed and to prep for visits.

“We do have a large back log of requests that have come in during the time we have been closed,” said county archivist Joshua Klar. “The public has been really understanding about that, we weren’t able to fill most of those requests because we didn’t have staff in the building, we have been working on that and getting back to people and helping to fulfill their requests.”

Guests can only enter the facility in up to groups of four with a maximum of six visitors in the building at all times.

Individuals who wish to visit can book an appointment online.

Safety protocols require that masks be worn at all times inside the building.

Also, public washrooms will be unavailable for guests at this time.

“There is proper sanitize procedures that staff will be following after people come and go from the building,” said Klar. “That’s why we are ensuring that there is time in between visitors so we can clean door handles and surfaces so that when the next visitor comes, the space has been sanitized.”

As of now, nothing is planned for in-person exhibits or events, however virtual programs and other discussions will continue online through the Norfolk County Heritage and Culture website.

Heritage and Culture is planning an online fundraiser in November. They will be accepting donations for a silent auction where people can bid on items donated from the community.

Visit to book a scheduled visit.

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