Long Island News Post Published on June, 22nd 2020, Written by Nick P.
Long Island Gets Ready As It Inches Closer To Phase 3
Long Island is preparing to progress to the third Phase of reopening on Wednesday! This is a big step as it will allow for restaurants to be allowed to seat guests inside at 50% capacity. nails salons and personal care businesses will be able to reopen as well with some safety guidelines in place regarding capacity.
Phase 3 is a big step for Long Island as it will allow most small businesses to finally reopen after being closed for months. It is critical to support your favorite small business during this time as they have likely not been able to work for some time.
Many are excited to get to the next phase while others are curious about what safety protocols will be in place.
What Safety Regulations will Be In Place?
The same protocols that have been put in place for Phases 1 and 2 are expected to continue. This means that it is recommended by the CDC Social Distancing Guidelines to keep 6 feet apart and wear a mask to prevent the transmission of the virus. Keep in mind that these guidelines are recommended, but not mandatory. Some businesses may enforce rules such as mandatory masks for the safety of their employees and customers.
When asked about safety protocols, Nassau County Executive Laura Curran says they are necessary to keep people healthy. “I think our residents and our businesses really do take seriously the social distancing and the PPE that we know will allow us to reopen safely. I don’t think any business owner takes reopening lightly and understands the importance of these protocols.”
Nassau health officials recommend that if you are going to get together with 25 other people, you should still cover your face and stay 6 feet apart. Deputy physician-in-chief at Northwell Health Dr. Thomas McGinn says it is critical that at least 40 years old stay out of large crowds. He also recommends Long Islanders continue to participate in outdoor activities instead of indoor activities.
What's After Phase 3?
The fourth phase will allow larger gatherings of people and indoor dining. I addition, gyms, casinos, and movie theaters will be allowed to reopen. The fourth Phase will be anxiously awaited by many as they will finally be able to gather and make up for missed celebrations over past months.
Long Islanders area anxiously waiting to return to all of the entertainment businesses that will be reopened in the Fourth Phase.
The expected time frame before we move onto Phase 4 is roughly 2 weeks but could be sooner depending on the positive results numbers. You can view a list of Long Island Corona Virus Cases By Town Here
It is the responsibility of Long Islanders to slow the spread of the virus when we fully reopen to avoid going back into a “Second Wave”, which has been hinted at by many authorities since the pandemic started.
Here is to a happy and healthy Summer 2020!
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Long Island News Post Published June 22nd, 2020
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