NYS Commissioner of Health officially posted the extension of the designation of COVID-19 as a “highly contagious communicable disease that presents a serious risk of harm to the public health” through October 31st, 2021. The NYS Commissioner of Health originally issued the designation on September 6th, 2021, prompting covered private employers in New York State including association libraries to activate their NY HERO Act airborne infectious disease exposure prevention plans. The initial designation was effective through September 30th, 2021, at which time the NYS Commissioner of Health would review and consider whether the circumstances surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic warranted extension of the designation at that time. Accordingly, association libraries should continue to have their NY HERO Act plans in place.
The New York State Library has announced effective January 1st, 2022, only in building hours will be accepted for the purposes of minimum standards compliance. Curbside and/or lobby service hours will no longer be counted towards the library’s required minimum weekly hours open. Member libraries that believe they may have difficulty meeting their minimum required hours should contact MHLS Library Sustainability Coordinator, Casey Conlin before November 30th, 2021.