Niskayuna terminates some COVID orders, including allowing limited in-person town meeting attendance


The town of Niskayuna will roll back some of its COVID orders starting May 1, as more and more people get vaccinated in the state. 

The town board voted unanimously Tuesday evening during a board meeting to terminate orders regarding flexible work spaces for employees, sick leave and the closure of town buildings.

The move means beginning May 11 people can attend town board meetings in person. The first will be May 11 for the Finance and Agenda meeting. 

Supervisor Yasmine Syed said seating will be limited. 

“There will be further guidance on that,” she said, noting chairs will be spread out.

People attending the meeting will also be required to have their temperature scanned using a hands-free thermometer and then they must fill out a health screening on their phone. 

Before the meeting Syed said there will be plexiglass between board members and it will be their preference if they want to continue wearing their mask. 

“I know I will keep my mask on,” Syed said.

The town will continue to stream meetings as well.

Starting May 17 people won’t need an appointment to enter town hall or other Niskayuna municipal buildings either. However, Syed said they will also need to be screened and must wear a mask. Employees will be required to wear a mask whenever they are not seated at their workspace and there will be plexiglass installed at service desks. 

The resolutions also rolled back the paid leave options for employees and flexible working spaces. However, Syed said upon approval an employee could still work from home if needed. 

No other town board members or residents commented on the resolution during the meeting.

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