Last Wednesday the Long Island region progressed to “Phase 2” of the Governor’s “New York Forward” re-opening plan.

In Phase 2 we will see the following openings:
outdoor dining & take-out only
Hair Salons & Barbershops
In-store limited occupancy retail
Real Estate
professional services, non-profits, administrative support

There are limitations on each of these businesses, such as 50% occupancy, but these are areas that have opened in Phase 2.

If you would like more information about the phases or details about restrictions go to “New York Forward” .

Before trying to visit your hair salon or barbershop for that long overdue haircut you should phone your provider to see what their protocols are.

Since April we have been working with the Chamber of Commerce and local business owners to provide support and assistance for reopening. We are relaxing the rules regarding outdoor dining, displays, and signs – for this season. No permanent changes will be made without significant notice and the ability for public comment. Our residents’ need to be the ones making decisions about any changes to the code and proper protocol will always be followed.

Some things you’ll notice are areas marked for “pull offs” to enable curbside pick-ups, outdoor dining for restaurants, reminders to wear masks and observe social distancing, and some availability for limited outdoor seating for customers who are waiting their turn to enter stores when occupancy is limited. As long as our metrics continue to be met in terms of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and the availability of testing, we are on schedule to move into Phase 3 next week.

Please remember to wear a mask when you cannot socially distance yourself in public and continue the good work we’ve done to keep our community safe! 

The health and safety of our residents is always our first priority and we need to take care of the most vulnerable among us!
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Photos by Richard Lewin