Capacity rules overhauled at many businesses on Long Island

Capacity limits are being lifted at retail stores, hair salons, fitness centers, houses of worship and family entertainment centers beginning Wednesday.

News 12 Staff

May 19, 2021, 10:21 AM

Updated 1,064 days ago

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The pandemic-related changes in New York are aplenty Wednesday -- from relaxed mask rules to a complete overhaul on capacity limits.
Capacity limits are being lifted at retail stores, hair salons, fitness centers, houses of worship and family entertainment centers beginning Wednesday.
Indoor social gatherings can expand to 250 people -- up from 100.
And outdoor residential gatherings will be permitted for up to 500 people.
The changes will present a multitude of different solutions for business owners, especially restaurants. At Butera's in Woodbury, its owner says going to full capacity would mean everyone dining inside would have to be vaccinated due to social distancing requirements, so there will still be less than a full dining area.
They also said masks will still be asked to be worn before being seated at a table but added that those with proof of vaccination can forego any of their mask rules while moving around inside the eatery.
Varying policies on masks have caused some confusion. Some businesses will continue to require masks, while others have ditched them. Some, like Butera's, say they're going to keep masks in place for now but see how things play out.
For now, outdoor seating setups are helping out a lot for some restaurants that still have limited dining space indoors. The Town of Oyster Bay has said that outdoor setups will not be changing any time soon.


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