As tightened COVID-19 rules take effect, LI businesses wary of impacts

The move means any establishment with a state liquor license will have to close at 10 p.m. each night.

News 12 Staff

Nov 14, 2020, 3:26 AM

Updated 1,287 days ago

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Local business owners are concerned of the impact of the new coronavirus restrictions taking effect on Long Island and across New York tonight.
The move means any establishment with a state liquor license will have to close at 10 p.m. each night.
The state order covers restaurants, bars, bowling alleys and gyms. After 10 p.m., restaurants can offer takeout meals and delivery only.
Parties in private homes will also be capped at 10 people.
The restrictions are worrying local restaurants, like Salted on the Harbor in Northport. They are small and say they can only seat 25 people max.
"That's the bulk of my business…between 9 and 11 at night," says Lindsay Ostrander, owner of Salted on the Harbor.
She says reimagining business will continue in case more guidelines come from the state.
"Let's make lemonade out of lemons," Ostrander says. "We will be focused on takeout, family meals, we'd limit our hours just to save overhead. We would do whatever we need to do in order to survive the pandemic round two."
Glen Cove Fitness is one of the many gyms that are normally 24 hours that will have to close early at 10 p.m.
“I’m probably going to have to lay off my night staff," says the owner of Glen Cove Fitness "Then there’s convenience for members, so there will be more freezing of memberships at a time when business is already down.”
Restaurants and shops are hoping that as residents adjust their Thanksgiving plans, that they think local and adjust their menus to include sides prepared by restaurants or gifts purchased at local stores.


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