Operation of libraries from March 1, 2022 Publicēts: 1.03.2022
Operation of libraries from March 1, 2022
On March 1, 2022, the Order of the Cabinet of Ministers of October 9, 2021 “On Declaring a State of Emergency”, which established measures to overcome the epidemiological crisis, including restrictions on the operation of libraries, expires. At the same time, on 15 February 2022, the Cabinet of Ministers Regulations No. 127 “Amendments to the Cabinet of Ministers Regulations No. 662 of 28 September 2021“ Epidemiological Safety Measures for Limiting the Spread of Covid-19 Infection ”were adopted.
Consequently, from March 1, 2022, most restrictions on the operation of libraries will be lifted or relaxed:
The number of visitors who can stay in the library at the same time is no longer regulated; at the same time, the library should provide guidance on cross-compliance and other epidemiological safeguards, namely:
Visitors (except from one household) and staff must keep a distance of 2 meters from each other;
Congestion must be prevented both indoors and outdoors, such as at entrances or exits, before and after an event and during breaks, etc.
Both medical staff and FFP-2 respirators covering the mouth and nose should be worn indoors for library staff (except for children under 7 years of age);
Library visitors are not required to present a Covid-19 vaccination or disease certificate, except to participate in public events organized by the library (conferences, seminars, meetings with writers, etc.).
Library staff who carry out their duties in direct contact with library visitors must hold a valid Covid-19 vaccination or disease certificate.
When organizing public events, it is no longer necessary to comply with the rules on fixed, alternating seating and visitor registration. The maximum number of visitors to public events is set at up to 3,000 people. Children under the age of 18 are allowed to attend public events without presenting a Covid-19 vaccination or disease certificate.
Libraries can provide services for groups of visitors (tours and library lessons).
Restrictions on the opening hours of libraries and public events will be lifted.
Epidemiological safety measures:
a warning that persons who have been subjected to home quarantine or isolation or who show signs of a respiratory infectious disease may not be in the library;
a warning regarding the obligation to use face masks, as well as an indication regarding the correct use of the face mask;
a recommendation regarding the observance of the distance, as well as regarding other conditions of distance, if such have been determined;
an indication of whether the service is provided in an epidemiologically safe or epidemiologically unsafe environment.
The library may, if necessary, impose additional, more stringent epidemiological requirements, if the establishment of such requirements is justified on the grounds of the safety of the working environment or the safety of services for the recipients of the service.
Ministry of Culture