On 14th May 2020, Mrs. Silapasuai Rawisaengsun, Permanent Secretary for BMA, visited and inspected readiness of Bangkok City Library and Dusit Discovery Learning Library in accordance with the guidelines for the easing in the Government’s second phase of the country’s lockdown. It is expected that the premises which will be additionally allowed to open will include libraries for public use.
The inspection showed that both libraries have prepared various measures, for example, providing screening unit to scan body temperature of all users before entering the library, providing alcohol-based hand sanitizers at the entrance and various spots within the libraries, arranging seating areas with physical distancing of 1.5 to 2 meters allowing only one user per table, each table will be arranged to have the same distance and face the same direction, and all users must always wear surgical or fabric face masks.
As for the cleaning session, the BMA has reiterated BMA’s 36 libraries that every floor and every area must be cleaned three times a day, about 30 minutes each time, before the service hours, during the day and after the service hours.
Moreover, the BMA will restrict the number of users entering the libraries. The Bangkok City Library will allow 70 users per time, two times a day: from 9.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. and from 13.00 p.m. to 16.00 p.m. As the library is large with enough tables and chairs, more users might be allowed for service. The Dusit Discovery Learning Library and other small scale libraries will initially allow 50 users per time. In this regard, the BMA urged people to strictly comply with BMA’s measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19.