All Libraries in the country are back in operation after being closed since the 16th of March by limiting their capacity at one time. This is due to the reduction of social distancing measures or de-escalation plans for the first phase following the country’s COVID-19 situation.
The RTB Crew that took a closer look at several libraries under the Control of Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports found that the library was operating based on the terms and guidelines. However, the library is only open to the public for three days a week, Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday from 8.45 to 11.45 in the morning and in the afternoon from 2:00 to 4.00. Some safety precautions were given priority including body temperature checks, QR Code scans and hand sanitizer. Visitors are also encouraged to wear face masks while in the library.
Libraries are only allowed to operate at 30 per cent of capacity at one time depending on the space capacity and if in a group, it does not exceed 30 people at a time depending the space capacity. Visitors are allowed to stay in the library for not more than 2 hours, they should not have any illness or symptoms such as fever and flu as well as high risk of infection.
Meanwhile, the Tutong Branch Language and Literature Bureau also re-opened for visitors 3 times a week. For the first phase, the re-opening is similar to the Library in Bandar Seri Begawan including opening hours, safety measures while entering the Library and Q-R code scanning. According to Library Assistant Grade One at the Tutong Branch Library, at this stage the library is only open to youth and adult members. They are recommended to adhere to the given guidelines.
Source: Radio Television Brunei