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Changes for re-opening Cinemas, theatres and libraries

CAPE TOWN – A recently released gazette outlines the operating procedures cinemas, theatres, libraries and museums must take as they reopen to the public.

As South Africa’s national lockdown eases and advances level 3 lockdown continues to present the further reopening of businesses, however, under strict health and safety protocols.

A government gazette was released yesterday covering arts and culture activities such as museums, galleries and libraries are to follow the following protocols:

  • Places or premises must limit the operating hours as per the amended standard operation procedure posted on the website of the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture.
  • Places or premises must provide limited service and contact as far as possible between the staff and visitors so as to prevent any form of gathering.
  • Places or premises must control the number of people visiting at any given time.

Library services must –

  • be limited to borrowing and returning of library materials;
  • ensure that the study area is restricted to 30% capacity of the library area;
  • ensure that the computer area is restricted to 10% capacity of the
    library area; and
  • ensure that children and toy services remain closed;

Cinemas and theatres may reopen provided that –

  • only 50 people or less, excluding staff members, are allowed in compliance with the health and safety protocols.
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All places and premises mentioned above must adhere to the following health and safety protocols at all times:

  • sufficient hand sanitisers must be made available at all times;
  • social distancing between customers, visitors and staff wherever possible;
  • wearing a cloth mask at all times, entering and inside the place or premises whenever possible;
  • masks may only be removed when eating or drinking;
  • contactless payments and pre -booking should be used where possible;
  • the place or premises must be deep -cleaned before opening, and before and after use;
  • equipment and tools must be cleaned regularly;
  • common areas including toilets, door handles and shared equipment must be regularly cleaned and sanitised frequently;
  • where possible, windows and doors should be kept open, to ensure adequate ventilation;
  • adequate personal protection equipment must be provided to all employees;
  • all people inside the place or premises must maintain 1.5 meter social distance between each other;
  • steps must be taken to ensure that persons queuing inside or outside the premises are able to maintain a distance of 1.5 meters from each other;
  • a dedicated area must be identified for isolation of an individual who exhibits symptoms of COVID 19 while inside the place or premises;
  • a dedicated area must be identified for the isolation of an individual who exhibits symptoms of COVID -19 while inside the place or premises;
  • every person entering the place premises must be subjected to temperature screening;
  • a person with an elevated temperature may be refused access to the place or premises;
  • a person above the age of 60 or a person with comorbidities is discouraged from visiting these places or premises;
  • the department may deploy officials to monitor compliance with the above mentioned directions

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