The City of Canning is closing two of its four libraries and cancelling library events and programs to encourage social distancing in the local community.
“In light of recent Federal restrictions, we have decided to close the doors at Willetton Library and Bentley Hub from Monday 23 March until further notice. Cannington and Riverton libraries will remain open, however scheduled library programming and events will cease for the time being,” said Mayor Patrick Hall.
“Libraries are a critical resource for information and internet access, and safe spaces for all members of our community. At Cannington and Riverton we can better accommodate social distancing measures than at Willetton and Bentley given their larger size.”
Cannington and Riverton libraries have technology in place to monitor visitor numbers to ensure the facilities comply with the 100 person limit. By cancelling events and workshops, the City hopes this will also limit the number of people accessing the library at any one time.
The City of Canning has implemented a number of additional measures to ensure the safety and comfort of staff and library visitors:
- all items returned to the library are quarantined for 24 hours before being re-shelved
- returned items are handled by staff with gloves as part of safe handling practices
- shelves, chairs and furniture are being spaced further apart
- events, workshops and bookings have been cancelled
- JP services have ceased until further notice
- toys and soft items have been removed from both libraries
- Riverton Library’s afterhours chute will remain open at all times for easy returns
- visitor numbers are captured and reviewed frequently to limit the number of people within the library to less than 100
- there is an increased cleaning regime in place at both libraries.
“We ask that if you are feeling unwell or need to self-isolate, please refrain from coming into our facilities. For those people opting to stay home, we have a wide range of digital items available to access or borrow and we are increasing these resources over the coming weeks to meet expected demand. Community members can join the library online for instant access to a huge range of eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, film and documentaries to enjoy without having to come into our libraries,” said Mayor Hall.
“We are taking the risk posed by COVID-19 to our community very seriously and closely following the advice provided by the State and Federal Governments.”
Riverton and Cannington Leisureplexes will remain open and visitor numbers will be managed within each area of both facilities to keep within the 100 person limit. The City has also increased its cleaning and sanitisation routines for the comfort and safety of visitors.