Today the New York State court system issued an email alert announcing they will gradually resume in-person operations in Nassau and Suffolk counties on Friday, May 29.
Administrative Judge Hon. Norman St. George issued a Memo regarding the Return to In-person Operations in Nassau County which will answer many of your questions. The Memo can be viewed here:
Phase 1 will permit the re-opening of each of the Court buildings throughout the County. With the beginning of Phase 1, employees will no longer receive Compensatory Time when reporting to work. Access to each of the Courts will remain restricted. All proceedings, including Arraignments, Essential/Emergency, and Non-essential matters will continue virtually. Each Courthouse will have a Courtroom dedicated for virtual Essential/Emergency matters. There will be no in-person Court proceedings with litigants or attorneys.
Plexiglass has been ordered and will be installed as it comes in. Spacing markers will be affixed to the floors at 6-foot intervals. Face masks will be supplied for employees. Face masks must be worn by everyone entering any Courthouse.
This initial phase includes the return of judges and chambers staff as well as a team of clerical and/or support staff to begin clearing backlogs, entering data, processing mail, etc. and officers. Many employees that are not currently working will be scheduled to work on a rotating schedule. If you are being scheduled to work, you should expect to be contacted before Friday.