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Todays post is in response to Subha’s question regarding quarantining of items, sent to the email group on 25 November 2020. (NOTE: some libraries information was second hand, please verify with the source if you are unsure)

 

  Library Service Are you undertaking quarantine of library collection?

 

If so what is the duration of quarantine?

 

When are you considering a review of this process?

 

1. Greater Dandenong Yes Currently 3 days, planned to go no quarantine from 7 December 7 December if no community cases = no quarantine
2.  Casey-Cardinia  No, ceased quarantining after the first lockdown
3.  Moonee Valley  Moonee Valley does not quarantine items. The decision was made after the release of the CSRIO study showing that the virus can live for up to 30 days on plastics.  We adopted the ‘supermarket mindset’ and it has worked so much better for us. The change was made in consultation with staff and HSR/union reps.
4. Geelong Regional Library Corporation No Quarantine ceased on 7 December
5.   Glenelg Libraries  Yes 72 hours, 3 days  Following any further relevant restriction changes
6.  Brimbank No
7.  Hume Libraries  No – stopped 25/11/2020   Previous 72 hrs
8.  Eastern Regional Libraries  No Removed 9 November 2020.

Staff have option of gloves when handling materials as per our

COVID Safe Plan

9.  City of Melbourne Libraries  Yes, until Monday 30th  Currently has been 7 days, to go to no quarantine from 30th Nov   We have decided that once no community cases for 25 days we will stop quarantining
10.  Yarra No  We are however wiping hard plastic surfaces eg. Cds
11.   Moorabool Libraries  Yes Currently 48 hours  Haven’t decided yet.
12.  

Wodonga Library

 Yes 3 days N/A
13.   East Gippsland  Yes 3 days Possible review on December 7th after the review of the State of Emergency
14.  Port Phillip  yes  3 days  though may have changed following this past Sunday Premier’s announcement
15.  Gannawarra  Yes  3 days   though may have changed following this past Sunday Premier’s announcement
16.  Mildura  Yes  3 days   though may have changed following this past Sunday Premier’s announcement
17.  Moreland  Yes  3 days   though may have changed following this past Sunday Premier’s announcement
18.  Monash No Quarantine for 24 hours and HLS items for 3 days previously  Quarantine ceases from 30 November
19.  Sandringham  Yes 24 hours   May remove from 30 November
20.  Yarra Plenty  No
21.  Mitchell  No
22.  Darebin  No
23.  Wellington  No
24.  Vision Australia Yes 3 days January 2021
25.  Hobsons Bay City Council Yes 3 days 7 December
26.  Goldfields Library Corporation Yes 24 hours (was 72 hours until recently)  Review 16 December with the intention to move to no quarantine. Review each month as restrictions and numbers are released

Regards

Monique and Kathryn

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