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Due to the continued decrease in Covid-19 cases in Rhondda Cynon Taf and in line with Welsh Government guidance RCT Libraries will be implementing Phase 2 and Phase 3 of our recovery plan. These phases are outlined below.

Phase 2:

From the 12th April the three Area libraries at Aberdare, Pontypridd (Llys Cadwyn) and Treorchy will open to the public to allow browsing with the following extra precautions being put into place.

  • Order and Collect service.
  • A maximum number of borrowers in the library at any one time. The maximum number of borrowers allowed into a library will vary from site to site and this number will be set prior to re-opening.
  • All borrowers must wear a face mask (unless medical reasons prevent this) and sanitise their hands upon entering the building.
  • Time within the library limited to 30 minutes and borrowers encouraged to use self-service kiosks where available.
  • Procedures put in place for staff monitoring of social distancing.
  • Perspex screens at points where face to face contact may occur.
  • Seating/furniture to be removed
  • Library shelving rearranged where possible to encourage social distancing and create one-way systems. If possible different entry and exit points to be used.
  • Limited use of community meeting rooms will also be allowed.
  • Use of the Reference areas to be allowed by appointment. One-hour sessions to be available and use limited to 2 persons. Any local history materials used to be quarantined for 72 hours.

Phase 3:

From the 26th April all remaining branch libraries to re-open as per the Area Libraries during phase 2.

Further easing of restrictions will be advertised in advance of their implementation. Please note that the above information is dependant on the continued reduction in spread of Covid-19 and Government advice and may be subject to change. Thank you.

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