Reopening Plan for the Schoharie Free Library Association
(Based on MVLS Reopening Outline of 5/7/20 and subject to MVLS/SALS protocols and schedules.)
Phase 3 and 4: Libraries Can Offer Limited Public Services – Public Allowed Back in the Building to Borrow Materials Beginning Monday August 24.
Patrons are required to wear a mask to enter the Library (as per NYS Regulation); the Library does not furnish masks; staff will wear masks at all times.
Library will continue to offer curbside pick-up.
Allow patrons to order online with curbside pick-up or no contact delivery in a
Allow patrons to order by phone with curb-side pick-up or no contact delivery
in a timely manner;
Allow a person to wait in a car for an appointment and enter the building
when called or texted; or offer appointments by telephone or video calls.
No more than 15 people will be allowed in the Library at one time (set by the Board of Trustees—number will be reviewed as needed). Social distancing, except within a family unit, will be required. Sign on front door will direct patrons to enter by the ramp door to allow for an accurate counting of patrons.
Signage will be posted on the ramp door and front door regarding health questions, anyone who cannot answer each such question indicating that they are not experiencing COVID symptoms, have not been exposed to someone who is COVID positive, have not recently traveled to certain areas, etc. will not be allowed to enter the Library.
Patrons will be asked to sign a “voluntary log”, in the form of individual index cards, reflecting their Library visit. Patrons will be advised that by leaving their name and contact information, date and time of their library visit, they are consenting to this information being given to appropriate contact tracers or health department officials in the event that a Library employee, patron or other person who is known to have been at the Library tests positive for COVID 19. Such patron information will not be kept for more than one month.
Patrons are asked to not linger for long periods of time.
Computer use – only 3 of the computers will be in use because of social distancing and use of the computers will be limited to 15 minutes unless necessary to complete a particular task .
Patrons will not be allowed to use of printer and the copier; the Library Director will assist patrons that need copies or printing. The Library now offers touchless payment options.
Restrooms are temporarily closed to the public.
Acrylic breath guards have been put in place at the Circulation Desk and the large public use computer tables.
Signage will be posted concerning wearing masks, maintaining 6 feet social distancing when possible, hand washing guidance, and when/how to report if COVID symptoms are observed in staff/patrons.
Hand sanitizer is available for everyone’s use and has been strategically placed around the building.
Frequently touched surfaces (door handles, etc.) will be cleaned using the sanitizer from the Schoharie County Office of Emergency Services (“NY Clean”) in a spray bottle as frequently as person load necessitates. A Cleaning Log specifically for Sanitizing Frequently Touched Surfaces before opening each day and as repeated during the day will be filled out and kept on file.
Library Programs will continue to be offered remotely, provided, however, that outdoor activities supervised by the Program Director on Library property may be offered if a plan for any such activity is approved in advance by the Board of Trustees and then submitted for review by the Schoharie County COVID 19 Task Force. However, unattended on-going outdoor displays can take place without such prior approval. At all such outdoor activities, all visitors, except those younger than two years old, must wear masks.