Due to the country being moved to lockdown Level 3, the eThekwini Municipality has reopened some of its public amenities.
According to a statement from the municipality, libraries and heritage sites have reopened with limited services and is free to use for the public. However, these will be in accordance with strong adherence to Covid-19 protocols.
The municipality said that all municipal swimming pools will remain closed until further notice.
It said that at the libraries, patrons can use the cyber zone for 30 minutes, while the study hall can be used for two hours.
There is a limited number of patrons per site depending on the size of the site. There will also be no issuing of newspapers and audio-visuals.
The municipality added that due to the recent civil unrest, several libraries were closed because the facilities were vandalised. However, patrons can return any outstanding books to their nearest libraries. The return date for outstanding books has been extended until July 31.
The following libraries were affected:
• Reservoir Hills Library is permanently closed as it was burnt down. The closest libraries are in Westville North and Westville central.
• KwaMashu Library: The closest libraries are Besters Library and libraries in Newlands and Inanda.
• KwaDabeka Library: The closest libraries are in Wyebank, Clermont, Pinetown and New Germany.
• Dassenhoek Library: The closest libraries are in Motala Heights, Klaarwater and St Wendolines.
• Ntuzuma Library: The closest libraries are in Newlands, Besters and Inanda.
• Montlands Library: The closest libraries are in Lamontville, Merebank, Austerville and Grosvenor.
• Umlazi AA Library: The closest libraries are in Umlazi W and Isipingo Civic.
“The public is advised that Covid-19 protocols such as social distancing, wearing of masks and sanitisation must be adhered to when accessing these facilities,” said the municipality.