Long Island News Post Published on June, 12th 2020, writted by Nick P
When Will Long Island Begin Phase Three?
NY Governor Cuomo has not announced a definitive date for the reopening of Long Island just yet. However, many people believe we will enter Phase 3 next week. At the longest, we expect to remain in Phase 2 for 2 weeks. Since cases have been on the recent decline, it seems as if we should be able to progress through the Phases at a quicker rate unless there is a spike in cases.
What Guidelines Does My Long Island Business Need to Follow?
New York State has put out a set of both Mandatory and Recommended Best Practices for business owners to follow. We have listed the most prominent guidelines to follow below. You can read the full list of Phase 3 guidelines for business owners here.
- Limit the workforce and customer presence to no more than 50% of the maximum occupancy, inclusive of customers, who must maintain 6 ft. of separation from others, except during the service, and, in all cases, only be permitted entry if wearing an acceptable face covering; provided that the customer is over age 2 and medically able to tolerate one.
- Ensure 6 ft. distance between individuals at all times, unless safety or the core activity requires a shorter distance (e.g. performing a piercing/tattoo, providing a massage, performing a manicure/pedicure). Employees must wear face coverings any time they interact with customers (e.g. performing a service, ringing up a purchase) and any time they come within 6 ft. of another person.
- Close waiting rooms.
- Put in place practices for adequate social distancing in small areas, such as restrooms and breakrooms.
Recommended Best Practices:
- Implement by appointment only policy to limit walk-in customers and congregation. Walk-in customers who are not able to be immediately served should be provided a time to return.
- Ask customers to wait in cars or outside the personal care facility at least 6 ft. away until the appointment time.
- Consider electronic alternatives to in-person appointments where appropriate for visits, such as aftercare follow-up, troubleshooting, and other consultations.
Several Regions of New York State Begin Phase 3 Today!
As Phase 2 is well underway in most regions in New York, most are preparing for Phase 3. Five regions are preparing to begin Phase 3 next week, which includes the ability for restaurants to offer indoor dining, as opposed to only outdoor seating.
During his daily Coronavirus briefing, NY Governor Cuomo announced that the Finger Lakes, Mohawk Valley, Southern Tier, North Country, and Central New York were set to enter the third phase of the reopening New York plan beginning Friday.
In a message to business owners, Cuomo urged them to follow the guidelines that are in place for the reopening. You can lose your liquor license. You can lose your right to operate. Short-term gain isn't worth long-term pain Cuomo said.
Nail Salons and Therapists are both included in Phase 3 of the reopening process as well, which will be a relief to many. Cuomo declared that local officials will have the final say over whether to reopen school playgrounds and public pools for the summer months. It was also stated that the state Department of Health will be the determining factor when people might be able to visit nursing and group homes.
Hopefully, Long Island officials decide to open local pools for the season, as many people look forward to visiting pools with family and friends throughout the summer.
Cuomo's announcement about Phase 3 comes as the number of deaths, hospitalizations, invitations, and intensive care admissions remained down across the state. The number of deaths from Coronavirus has decreased to 36 on Wednesday. 32 of the deaths were in hospitals and four were from nursing homes. Most of the people who died had comorbidities, meaning they had multiple chronic diseases or conditions at the time of their passing.
Coronavirus Cases By New York Region
The numbers below represent the number of Coronavirus cases in various regions in New York. For the most part, the total number of cases plateaued and slightly dropped in most regions. Long Island saw a decrease in cases from Wednesday to Monday.
- Wednesday: 0.9 percent
- Tuesday: 0.9 percent
- Monday: 1.1 percent
New York City
- Wednesday: 1.7 percent
- Tuesday: 1.5 percent
- Monday: 1.8 percent
- Wednesday: 0.8 percent
- Tuesday: 1.2 percent
- Monday: 1.1 percent
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Long Island News Post Published June 12th, 2020
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