New Jersey Libraries to be Permitted Limited Reopening in NJ Stage 2

New Jersey Libraries to be Permitted Limited Reopening in NJ Stage 2

POSTED ON MAY 22, 2020

On March 21, 2020 Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order 107 which ordered that all libraries be closed to the public.

On May 182020 Governor Murphy introduced a phased-in approach to reopening New Jersey.  Per this staged approach, the limited reopening of libraries is included in NJ Stage 2.  We are currently in NJ Stage 1.  Governor Murphy said movement to NJ Stage 2 will depend on a number of factors but could happen within weeks.  More details on these phases is provided here

NJ Stage 2 coordinates closely with Phase 3 – Libraries Operate With Limited Services –  of the TOPCATS Best Practices Guidelines.  We advise all library administrators and boards to review their progress in the Best Practices Guidelines and be focused on Phase 2 at this time — preparing and planning for reopening procedures and policies.

Phase 3, as defined by the TOPCATS Best Practices Guidelines, may include curbside service and we urge Library Boards that are considering curbside services to do so within the Best Practices Guidelines.  We further recommend careful review of the specific criteria outlined in Executive Order 142, as a guide to what we are likely to see in requirements associated with any reopening under NJ Stage 2.

All reopening plans announced by the Governor’s office are permissive, meaning they allow gradual reopening of services provided certain public safety criteria can be met.  Library Boards should carefully review all reopening plans within the context of their local needs, the ability to put in place local policies, and the ability to secure any needed materials (masks, gloves, etc).

Submitted by TOPCATS
Policy & Advocacy Work Group
May 22, 2020