During the COVID-19 pandemic, libraries in Johannesburg and around the world have implemented a variety of measures to ensure the safety of their patrons. These measures may include:
Requiring patrons to wear masks and maintain social distancing: Many libraries have implemented mask requirements and have marked floors or installed barriers to encourage patrons to keep a safe distance from each other.
Increasing cleaning and disinfection: Libraries have increased the frequency of cleaning and disinfection of high-touch surfaces such as doorknobs, handrails, and tables.
Limiting the number of patrons allowed inside: Some libraries have implemented capacity limits to ensure that there are fewer people inside the building at any given time.
Offering contactless services: Many libraries have introduced contactless options for borrowing materials, such as curbside pickup or digital lending.
Providing hand sanitizer and other supplies: Libraries may provide hand sanitizer and other supplies such as masks and gloves to patrons who need them.