COVID-19 RULES FOR VISITORS TO THE LIBRARY AND ARCHIVE

• Please do not visit the library if you are unwell.
• Visitor numbers are limited to a maximum of two people per room, booked in advance on a first come, first served basis. Maximum of 6 people.
• 3-layer (minimum) fabric face masks to be worn prior to entering the building and worn throughout your visit.
• Anti-bacterial hand-gel to be used prior to entering building.
• Social distancing minimum 2m to be maintained whenever possible.
• Please register your attendance, providing your contact details in case we need to contact you. The spreadsheet for this is on the desktop PC in the library, and it may be shared with the NHS test and trace service.
• Avoid touching work surfaces and books etc unnecessarily.
• Leave internal doors open, and open the upstairs windows and the back door to improve ventilation, if appropriate.
• No refreshments will be provided.
• Please clean the toilet facilities after you have finished using them.
• Please clean your workspace, before leaving the building. You are all responsible for keeping the library clean and free from Covid-19.
• Please wash your hands before leaving the building.
• Please let us know if after visiting the library, you subsequently exhibit any Covid-19 symptoms.
People who do not follow these rules may be excluded, and the rules will be reviewed as we learn how to manage Covid-19, and they are liable to change.

FACE MASKS / FACE COVERINGS

A three-layer face covering is recommended for the public for short-term use where other controls, such as physical distancing, are not possible. They should fit well with no air gaps around sides and under chin. They are not a substitute for other preventative measures, such as physical distancing.

• Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds (or use hand sanitiser) and dry thoroughly before putting a face covering on, and before and after removing it.
• When wearing a face covering, avoid touching your face or face covering, as you could contaminate them with germs from your hands.
• Avoid touching a face covering and do not hang it from the neck or pull down from the nose.
• Change your face covering if it becomes damp or if damaged.
• Continue to wash your hands regularly.
• Washable face masks / face coverings must be washed after every use. If it’s not washable, take it home with you and dispose of it carefully and help keep Wales tidy.
• Practicing physical distancing is the most effective way of reducing the transmission of Covid-19.

CLEANING AND HYGIENE ARRANGEMENTS

Covid-19 survives for longer on metal and hard, smooth surfaces, such as glazed ceramics and plastics than on porous surfaces, like paper and textiles. There is a greater risk of transfer from smooth surfaces than highly textured surfaces, such as textiles, but textured surfaces are harder to clean.

Some evidence suggests that the virus will persist longer at temperatures below room temperature and where humidity levels are low. However, in normal humidity and temperature ranges (40 – 60%RH; 16 – 22°C), a quarantine period of 72 hours is recommended for books and documents etc. handled in the library, and computers must be disinfected after each use. The use of hand sanitiser may damage paper, if residues are left through handling, and care must be taken when handling fragile and valuable documents and books. Work surfaces, doorknobs, handrails, etc. can be cleaned using disinfectant wipes.