In consideration of extending our closing hours incrementally, we engaged with several University entities (DSA, CPS, Health & Safety, Jammie shuttle) regarding the most feasible way to manage this situation, in order to meet student needs in a responsible manner and to avoid the possibility of the Main Library becoming a potential high risk cluster site.
Study spaces and extended hours, Monday to Friday
As advised by Brent Proctor (Health & Safety Consultant) and in accordance with current Disaster Management Act Regulations, which guide institutional lockdown requirements, maximum occupancy will remain at 100 in the Main Library.
We will be extending our hours with effect from Monday 19 April as follows:
The Main Library is currently undergoing modifications to its air-conditioning system to ensure compliance to a well ventilated workplace to reduce the SARS-CoV-2 viral load. There are two separate air-conditioning systems that cover the two major sections:
Hlanganani (Student Union)
The main seating areas are incorporated in these two sections. This project, which has commenced, will be managed in two phases over the next 12 weeks. We decided to go this route so that we remain open and continue to provide access to study spaces.
While we could not increase the capacity, we will be extending the opening hours to 22h00 and to continue utilising space in a responsible, physically distanced manner.
The Directorate will continue engaging with Faculties and UCT Divisions so that we are able to adapt to changing circumstances and conditions in a responsible manner.