Southampton, Southold town supervisors seeking restrictions on NYC-East End travel

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The White House says New York City residents are flooding Long Island and spreading the coronavirus, leading to a call for city evacuees to self-quarantine.

At least one East End town supervisor has voiced support behind restricting unnecessary travel from the five boroughs to eastern Long Island.
 
Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman says he's worried about the impact of an influx of people from the epicenter of the virus. He says the town doesn't have the infrastructure and that stores and hospitals will be overwhelmed.
 
"I've been polling other East End supervisors and mayors and getting their take on it," says Schneiderman. "For the most part, people agree that there need to be some added restrictions on unnecessary travel to our area…that we're going to soon be overwhelmed."
 
Schneiderman says he's looking to appeal for additional restrictions on travel soon.
 
But not everyone agrees.
 
"I think that is crazy, what he is thinking to do," says Keith Davis, owner the Golden Pear Cafe. "There is not this amazing inundation of people in traffic that are coming out here right now that's even clearly visible. I totally oppose it."
 
Lisette DeLuca has split her time between New York City and Southampton since she was young. She says any family she knows who is coming out from the city has been abiding by the 14-day quarantine recommendation.
 
Doctors strongly agree with what DeLuca and those she knows are doing.
 
"As bad as it is on the news everyday, it's 10 times worse in real life," says Dr. Jarid Pachter, of Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital. "And so you owe it to yourselves, you owe to your grandparents, you owe it to all of these people who are sick ... to stay behind closed doors for 14 days."
 
Southold Town Supervisor Scott A. Russell joined Scheiderman's call for a travel ban Wednesday evening, limiting travel to only essential personnel.
 
 
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