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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|
|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.|
|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|
|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|
Monique and Kathryn