Oudtshoorn, 8 September 2020 – Local library services have confirmed that all libraries in the Greater Oudtshoorn will open 21 September 2020 when all health protocols and health social distancing measures have been finalised.
The Minister for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma released alert level 2 regulations on 17 August that permit libraries to open.
Prescribed health protocols in terms of the directions prescribed to Librarians have already been put in place except for installation of transparent screens on the counters, separating contact between staff and library users. The library staff has been working behind closed doors since 24 August 2020 to ensure that the library services operate seamlessly once the libraries are open to public.
The following protocols must be adhered to by both the library staff and library users when the libraries are open on 21st September 2020:
The Municipality wishes to thank the public for their patience while the staff ensures that all necessary health protocols are in place to ensure the safety of both library staff and the public.
Preparations for readiness to serve the public is not as simple as it may look, the nature of the services involves touching of library material that must circulate from the library to users and back to the library.
Should the protocols that give guidance to use of library material not be followed meticulously, consequences thereof may create higher risks that could lead to the rapid spread of COVID19. The Municipality is looking forward to see library users and render the much needed service that has been on hold for the past six months.Last published 08 September 2020