Long Island To Begin Phase 2

June 10th 2020 Long Island begins Phase II
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Long Island News Post Published on June, 10th 2020, Written by Nick P.

Long Island is on track to begin the second phase of the reopening process on Wednesday, Governor Cuomo announced during his daily briefing on Monday. This means that hair salons and barbershops will be able to reopen after months of closure. Phase 2 also includes restaurants, office-based jobs, real estate, and expanded retail service.

Long Island To Begin Phase

This news comes 9 weeks after 55 percent of tested Long Island residents came back positive for the Coronavirus. Since then, the number of cases has dropped down to 9 percent four weeks ago. We have seen a continued downward slope of cases as two weeks ago the cases fell to 3 percent. As of this recent Sunday, positive tests were reported at a rate of 1%. View the department of health’s website for more information about the Coronavirus.

Both hair salons and barbershops are expected to have an incredibly high demand for their services upon reopening, as no one was able to get their hair done over the course of the past several months.

NY Governor Cuomo also announced that restaurants will be able to reopen during Phase 2 by being able to utilize outdoor dining. Restaurants will be permitted to seat guests outdoors and space tables 6 feet apart. Guests are required to wear masks when not being seated, while servers are expected to wear a mask while working

What's After Long Island Phase 2?

New York currently has a 4 phase plan to reopen the economy. Long Island has been in Phase 1 for over a week and has entered Phase 2 today. This comes a few days after the Hudson Valley area entered Phase 2. If everyone is responsible during the reopening period, we can make steady progress in advancing through the Phases. However, if we see a spike in local Coronavirus cases, we may stagger the process of reopening. This is why local officials are placing such high importance of containing the spread.

As many protests have taken place in recent weeks, some experts are expecting a new outbreak of the Coronavirus in the coming weeks. As we have reported, 11 people were arrested in the Merrick protest that took place over the weekend. It remains unknown what another spike of cases would entail for the reopening process in the Long Island area.

The remaining phases include these areas of the economy:

  • Phase 3: Restaurants/food services, hotels/accommodations.
  • Phase 4: Arts/entertainment/recreation/education.

How Will Businesses Adapt To The Reopening Process?

Although businesses will be allowed to reopen, things won’t be able to resume as normal just yet. Local businesses will have to adapt to ensure the spread of the Coronavirus is maintained. Things we can expect are the same things that we have seen from local communities over the course of the past several weeks. For example, the use of masks to prevent the spread of germs and adequate space between each other.

As the progress is monitored by local officials, restrictions, and regulations are expected to ease up regarding the spread of the virus.

Some businesses will have to adapt more than others when reopening. As always, if you are not feeling well you should stay home to avoid getting others sick, even if you are not dealing with the Coronavirus as it is the responsible thing to do in respect to others.



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Long Island News Post Published June 10th, 2020

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