Nassau Executive Laura Curran declares state of emergency as COVID-19 cases climb

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Nassau County Executive Laura Curran has declared a state of emergency in the county and has closed some county-owned leisure facilities.

According to officials, there were 51 cases in Nassau County as of Friday. Suffolk has another 28 cases.

The state of emergency gives Nassau County access to resources to combat the coronavirus, and also authorizes emergency funds.

"I am also closing our traffic parking violations to the public and temporarily stopping enforcement of boot and tow programs - we are also temporarily stopping eviction enforcement proceedings by the sheriff," says Curran.

The facilities include the Long Island Children's Museum, African American Museum, Chelsea Mansion, Garvey's Point, Sands Point Preserve and Old Bethpage Village Restoration.

Local officials joined Curran and urged residents to not panic.

 

LIST OF AFFECTED FACILITIES

Museums

African American Museum and Center for Applied Arts
Cedarmere
Chelsea Mansion
Cradle of Aviation Museum
Elderfields
Garveys Point Museum and Preserve
Holocaust Memorial and Educational Center
Long Island Childrens Museum
Malcolm House
Nassau County Firefighters Museum and Education Center
Nassau County Museum of Art
Old Bethpage Village Restoration
Roslyn Grist Mill
Saddle Rock Grist Mill
Science Museum of Long Island
Tackapausha Museum
Wantagh Railroad Museum
Hofstra University Museum of Art
Sands Point Preserve
Bailey Arboretum
Leeds Pond Science Museum
Museum of American Armor
Nassau Hall
Mill Neck Preserve

Pools
Nassau County Aquatic Center

Rinks
Twin Rinks Ice Skate Facility
Cantiague Ice Rink

Other Facilities
Center for Science Teaching and Learning
Mitchell Field Athletic Complex, including Nassau County Rifle and Pistol Range (open to law enforcement), Mitchel Gym (not part of the Park)
Old Mill – NEC Horse Farm
Eisenhower Park – Safety Town
Christopher Morley Tennis

ALL PARKS’ ADMINISTRATION BUILDINGS ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

In Suffolk, County Executive Steve Bellone says they increased staffing at its 24/7 call center. The Suffolk Police Department also announced new protocols to protect first responders.

"That will essentially restrict officers who will not go inside with EMS when it involves an illness, unless necessary dictated by the circumstance and the officer is called in," says Bellone.

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