Updated Additional Library Policies During Pandemic

Temporary Policies in Effect During COVID-19 Pandemic

REVISED February 18, 2021

  1. Upon entering the building, all employees shall wear protective masks as provided by the Library Administration or of their own provisioning.  Employees shall use the disinfecting agents that have been provided on a regular basis.
  • If any employee is working farther than 6 feet from another, they may remove their mask while maintaining that distance.  Masks must be worn when moving about the library and Borough Hall building.
  • Employees will be provided with cloth masks by the Library Administration.  It will be the responsibility of the employee to wash their own mask regularly and wear it at work. 
  • No employee shall handle any library materials that have not been properly quarantined for at least 72 hours.  All materials that have been returned to the library by patrons must be held in a separate area for at least 72 hours before processing.
  • Employees must work within their designated areas unless directed otherwise by the Director or Executive Administrator.
  • No employee may use another’s keyboard, related equipment or telephone without properly sanitizing it before and after use and informing other employees of its use.
  • Any employee who becomes ill or has been exposed to someone with the COVID virus in the last ten [10] days must inform the Executive Administrator or the Director immediately. 
  • All employees are required prior to the beginning of each daily shift to complete a written Covid-related wellness assessment.
  • All employees are required to adhere to CDC guidelines as attached in Exhibit II.
  1. Any employee who witnesses any other employee violating these policies must report such violation to the Executive Administrator or the Director immediately.  This is to ensure the safety of all employees.

Temporary Policies for Porch Pick Up of Library Materials

During the COVID 19 Pandemic 2020 – REVISED February 18, 2021

  • All library materials will be ordered through the BCCLS catalog, phone or email. 
  • Patrons must wear a mask when picking up their materials.
  • Patrons must present their library card to receive their materials.
  • The staff member will place the ordered materials on the table for pickup.
  • for proper quarantining. No loaned library materials may be accepted at the vestibule window.
  • All employees shall always wear masks when working in the vestibule.

OCCUPANCY

  • Library total: 16 people plus staff
    • May enter upon arrival until capacity reached; Door signage posted when threshold is met

SUPERVISION

  • Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult who supervises them in the library and on library grounds

TIME ALLOTMENT

  • At the discretion of library management, visits may be limited to 30 minutes per person, per day.
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ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES

  • Browsing stacks permitted
  • Computers available; staff does not provide one-on-one help at this time
  • In-person check out by staff as well as contactless checkout available
  • Leisure reading not recommended but permissible
  • No on-site programs/virtual programs continue
  • No tutoring
  • Notary services available to Allendale residents by appointment
  • No bulletin board access

SAFETY ISSUES

  • Rules posted outside entrance, including circumstances for denial of service
  • Masks must be worn at all times at the Porch Pickup window, library entrance and inside the building
  • Social distancing rules are in place. Those at the library entrances and inside the building must maintain a distance of at least 6′ between one another
  • Patrons and staff will be separated by glass/plexiglass at the checkout and porch pickup areas. Designated spots for queuing in advance of service are marked
  • Sanitizer Stations available
  • Bringing in furniture (tables and chairs) of one’s own is prohibited
  • Water fountains closed
  • No admission to 2nd floor
  • Management reserves the right to deny service to and remove those who do not conform to the amended policies or who put others’ safety in jeopardy

LOGISTICS

  • Chairs, tables, children’s train table, some computers will be moved to Quilt Room
  • Quarantine area will move from public section of main room to Y/A Room – Simple barrier erected
    • YA materials will be relocated to shelves currently housing CD Books
    • CD Books will be relocated to alternative shelving
  • Checkout line marked with tape/decal to designate 6’ distance

OTHER

  • Porch Pickup continues through porch window (allowing staff to be consistently stationed at front desk)
  • All previous services (phone support, email responses, order requests, etc.) continue
  • Strongly discourage use of bathrooms; Dedicated staff bathroom on 2nd floor
  • “At risk” populations visit during regular hours, avoiding excessive waits

EFFECTIVE DATE

  • Friday, February 19, 2021

CURRENT HOURS

  • Monday/Tuesday/Thursday 10-8 (Porch Pickup: 7:45)
  • Wednesday/Friday:  10 – 5 (Porch Pickup 4:45)
  • Saturday: 10 -2 (Summer) Porch Pickup (1:45) Otherwise 10-5 (Porch Pickup 4:45)

LIBRARY POLICY AS ADAPTED FROM THE GUIDELINES ESTABLISHED BY

THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL & PREVENTION

As Updated by CDC – Dec. 1, 2020

ADOPTED by Library Board – February 18, 2021

If you think or know you had Covid-19 and you had symptoms, you will return to work at the library:

  • After 10 days since symptoms first appeared and
  • 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
  • Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving*

*Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation.

If you tested positive for COVID-19 but had no symptoms, you will return to work at the library:

  • After 10 days have passed since you had a positive viral test for COVID-19.

If you were severely ill with COVID-19 or have a severely weakened immune system (immunocompromised) due to a health condition or medication, you will return to work at the library:

  • Between 10 days and up to 20 days after symptoms first appeared.
  • Persons who are severely immunocompromised may require testing to determine when they can be around others. Talk to your healthcare provider for more information.

If you were in close contact with a person with COVID-19, you can return to work at the library:

  • 14 days after your last exposure to that person.

What counts as close contact?

  • You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more
  • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
  • You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them)
  • You shared eating or drinking utensils
  • They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you

Options to reduce quarantine:

Reducing the length of quarantine may make it easier for people to quarantine by reducing the time they cannot work. Follow the recommendations of your local public health department if you need to quarantine. Options they will consider include stopping quarantine:

  • After day 10 without testing
  • After day 7 after receiving a negative test result (test must occur on day 5 or later)

After stopping quarantine, you should:

  • Watch for symptoms until 14 days after exposure.
  • If you have symptoms, immediately self-isolate and contact your local public health authority or healthcare provider.
  • Wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet from others, wash your hands, avoid crowds, and take other steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

However, anyone who has had close contact with someone with COVID-19 and who meets the following criteria does NOT need to stay home.

  • Has COVID-19 illness within the previous 3 months and
  • Has recovered and
  • Remains without COVID-19 symptoms (for example, cough, shortness of breath)

Who needs to quarantine?

People who have been in close contact [see definition above] with someone who has COVID-19—excluding people who have had COVID-19 within the past 3 months.  People who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 3 months and recovered do not have to quarantine or get tested again as long as they do not develop new symptoms. People who develop symptoms again within 3 months of their first bout of COVID-19 may need to be tested again if there is no other cause identified for their symptoms.