Long Island Moves Forward With 50% Capacity Indoor Dining

Sophia Hall
July 02, 2020 - 8:39 pm

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    RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — Indoor dining has been postponed indefinitely in New York City, but Long Island has already begun welcoming diners back inside. 

    Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone says residents have done an amazing job as the cases continue to drop or remain steady in the county.

    “We have indoor dining now at 50% capacity in Phase 3,” Bellone noted.

    Restaurants have guidelines in place to ensure customers are safe, including six feet  in between tables and mandatory face masks for all employees.

    “The governor’s approach has been a phased approach and we need to look at if there are any impacts and then make some determinations there,” Bellone said. 

    The county executive stresses that the numbers have remained low on Long Island, which saw a peak in coronavirus cases back in April, along with New York City and the remainder of the state.

    Bellone says they are able to reopen because of the residents’ hard work.

    “We are reopening in a safe fashion because people, overwhelmingly, are adhering to the guidance,” he said.

    Though, the county executive has some concerns about what the future holds.

    “My concern is gonna be with the fall when people come back indoors again and then a potential second wave hits,” he explained. “People have to remain vigilant, follow the guidance and we can get through this summer and continue to reopen our economy in a safe way.”

    The virus has hurt the economy in Suffolk County significantly and Bellone is hoping for the federal government to step in and help.

    “We’re still gonna need to do things at a local level, but without that federal assistance, you’re looking at hollowing out and gutting the critical services that will be necessary to recover from this virus,” he notes. 

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