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NCLS Reopening Guide: REOPENING


New - Sick Leave for Covid-19

There are new employer sick leave requirements that libraries need to be aware of.  The NYS Sick Leave Act and Sick Leave for Covid19 Act require employers to grant sick leave time (and in some cases compensation) to their employees.  The amount of time and pay depends on the organizations size and budget.  Information about the requirements are provided in the links below.

*Because every library's situation is different, it is recommended that you contact an attorney if you need clarification on a specific sick leave case.

NYS Sick Leave

Paid Sick Leave for Covid19

New - Covid-19 Vaccine

Click HERE to learn more about the Covid-19 vaccine, eligibility and how to schedule an appoint with a local provider.

Ask The Lawyer: COVID-19


Does a mask policy violate the ADA? What should you do if an employee tests positive for COVID-19? How should the library respond to symptomatic patrons? Ask the Lawyer addresses these questions and more.

Recent legal guidance for NYS libraries regarding COVID-19 related topics. Ask The Lawyer is provided by WNYLRC.

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.

New - Pandemic Operations Plan

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