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The iconic lion statues outside the New York Public Library are wearing face masks to encourage humans to do the same

June 30, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

The marble statues that sit in front of the New York Public Library in Bryant Park are now sporting face masks to encourage New Yorkers to follow safety guidelines against coronavirus.

(CNN)Count on the New York Public Library's iconic lion sculptures to set an example of patience and fortitude.

Schwarzman Building in Manhattan's Bryant Park are now sporting their own lion-sized face masks to encourage New Yorkers to follow safety guidelines against coronavirus so their city can reopen in full.

Anyone who enters one of its libraries is required to wear a mask, the New York Public Library said in a statement.

The stoic lions, called Patience and Fortitude, have guarded the grand library for over 109 years.

Libraries were closed then, too, New York City College of Technology librarian Nora Almeida wrote in a pandemic-themed blog post for the college.

Patience and Fortitude have endured a similarly severe pandemic and guarded libraries that stayed empty for months, and the city made it through then.

So maybe two marble lions aren't the worst role models for a New York public health campaign.

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