26 September 2023

Reopened libraries booked for safety

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ACT libraries have reopened this week with the Minister for Transport and City Services taking the opportunity to remind visitors how to stay safe on public transport.

The Minister, Chris Steel said he was pleased to welcome Canberrans back to the Territory’s libraries but asked them to abide by social distancing and keep their library visits under 30 minutes.

“Limits will remain on the number of people that can be inside the library,” Mr Steel said.

“These will be enforced by security guards – and physical distancing must be practised at all times,” he said.

“To protect our staff and the public we’re also ensuring that all items returned to the library are placed in quarantine for a period of 72 hours before being available to be borrowed again.”

Mr Steel said the Government had been monitoring patronage on public transport closely as restrictions were eased.

“The number of journeys is still down 73.51 per cent compared to the 384,000 journeys taken in the same week in 2019,” he said.

“The ACT Government’s key message about the use of public transport remains the same as it has throughout the pandemic – reconsider your need to travel on public transport, particularly at peak times.”

He said that while the Government was not welcoming people back on to public transport, it expected to see more people using the service.

“Today we’re reminding Canberrans who have to use public transport to avoid contact with others by spreading out and keeping at least 1.5 metres from other people,” Mr Steel said.

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