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NCLS Reopening Guide: REOPENING


Library Reopening in Stages


NCLS recommends reopening in stages to mitigate potential health risks due to COVID-19. Below is a sample timeline of a staged reopening plan that considers the safety of both staff, patrons, and the community at large. Visit our website for past guidance regarding COVID-19.

Ask The Lawyer: COVID-19

New York State Reopening


How will we know what the state requires to reopen?

As per the NYS Business Reopening Lookup, both public and association libraries are allowed to open with restrictions. As these restrictions may change, please use NIACS code 519120 to look up the most recent information.


NY Forward Business Reopening Safety Template (Important: Each re-opening business must develop a written Safety Plan outlining how its workplace will prevent the spread of COVID-19. You cannot legally reopen with completing this.)
Interim Guidance for Curbside and In-Store Pickup