Downtown Deals Travel Pass debuts in attempt to revitalize 6 LI downtown areas
A new push is aimed at helping downtown businesses that have been crushed by the coronavirus.
Many businesses on the Island have been opening back up in the wake of the COVID-19 shutdown, but the area is still a long way off from a full recovery.
In response, a new discount program is being launched in Farmingdale, Great Neck, Rockville Centre, Greenport, Huntington and Patchogue. It's meant to bring more customers through the door.
Downtown Deals Travel Pass was introduced Thursday by the tourism group Discover Long Island. The idea is to attract staycationers to shops, restaurants and breweries.
More than 100 businesses are participating, including Lithology Brewing Company in Farmingdale. It is offering a 15% discount through the program.
Officials say helping these downtown areas will be key in getting Long Island's economy going again.
"The hospitality industry has been hit the hardest. Two-thirds of jobs have been lost at least temporarily. That's more than 80,000 jobs," says Nassau Executive Laura Curran.
"It is absolutely critical that we are doing everything we can to help our economy to help small businesses get through the unprecedented crisis," says Suffolk Executive Steve Bellone.
Signing up for the program is free. All you have to do is visit their website and fill out some information.