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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?

The Governor announced that the North Country will be able to start the reopening process on May 15. Libraries are not in the first phase of the reopening plan. We are waiting for guidance from the state on whether libraries will fall in Phase 2 or Phase 4. The start of Phase 2 could be as early as June 1. If libraries open in Phase 4, that is likely to be closer to July 1.

NYS has just made business reopening safety templates available. The template needs to be completed and kept on site, and posters summarizing the precautions you have put in place need to be made available to the public throughout the building. 

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.)

While libraries are not in Phase 1, here are sample guidelines for Phase 1 retailers offering curbside pickup. Guidelines for libraries may change by the time they are allowed to open.
Interim Guidance for Curbside and In-Store Pickup